Wright Patman Lake
Location: On the Sulphur River in Bowie
and Cass counties, 10 miles southwest of Texarkana
Surface area: 18,994 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 220.6 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4-5 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderate
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps of Engineers
PO Box 1817
Texarkana, Texas 75504
Vegetation covers less than 10% of the lake's total surface area. Dominant species include chara, American lotus, black willow, and buttonbush.
Predominant Fish Species
Commercial maps are available.
All game fishes are currently managed under statewide regulations.
In the Sulphur River downstream of the Wright Patman dam, it is unlawful to transport live, nongame fishes from this stretch of river to any other water body. Nongame fishes may be collected and used for bait within this water body. For more details, see Possession and Transport of Exotic Aquatic Species.
White bass are very popular at Wright Patman, with high numbers of quality-size fish available for harvest. Crappie are also popular at Wright Patman, with large numbers of legal-size fish available. Both white and black crappie are present; white crappie dominates. Channel and blue catfish are both present, with high densities of quality size fish. Flathead catfish offer an additional angling experience. Largemouth bass are moderately abundant with good numbers of legal-size fish. Bluegill and redear sunfish also offer good fishing opportunities.
Structural habitat consists of inundated timber, brush, creek channels, and riprap. Submerged aquatic vegetation is coverage is low, however high densities of emergent and floating plants are present.