Legend has it Possum Kingdom Lake received its colorful name from fur trappers who found the population of possums to be the highest they had ever seen. Florida bass stockings of the late 1970’s have helped make this perhaps the top trophy largemouth bass lake in the western half of the state. Striper fishing can be spectacular at times and during the winter months, a put-and-take program by the Texas Parks and Wildlife provides an excellent winter rainbow trout fishery in the tailrace below the dam. Possum Kingdom Lake is popular with residents as well as tourists mainly for the fishing activities that are available.
Getting your boat in the water is easy. Click here for a list of BRA managed access points to Possum Kingdom Lake BRA Public Access Ramps
Lake Possum Kingdom has produced a 16-pound largemouth and several others over 10 pounds, however, stripers may be the feature species here, especially during the warm-weather months when the big open-water fish gather in active schools. Guides and regulars find these fish by watching birds feeding on bait driven to the surface by hungry snipers below, or through careful study with their electronic fishing equipment. The structure of Lake Possum Kingdom ranges from steep, rocky bluffs to shallow flats but t his variety adds up to excellent fishing for large black bass and trophy stripers. Sand bass are fairly abundant and provide exciting action as well as the other featured species such as Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for Possum Kingdom Lake.
Striped bass are stocked in most years and provide a fair fishery with good growth potential and strong fighting characteristics. The lake record is 34.19 pounds. White bass are abundant and of good size.
Catfish action can be good for all species. Costello Island and above are likely spots. Use cut bait, chicken livers, prepared stink bait, live shiners or sunfish. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are all present, with some especially large blue cats.
Crappie can be found around brush piles and docks. In spring, fish the backs of coves for spawning fish. Crappie will be found at different depths depending on time of year and water conditions; be prepared to search for them. Crappie are fair, and sunfish are present with some large individuals available for harvest.
Largemouth Bass can be found throughout PK Lake and can be caught on any of the typical bass baits. Florida-strain largemouths have been stocked and help provide trophy potential, as evidenced by the lake record of 16.02 pounds. Be prepared to fish 10- to 25-foot depths. In this clear water, try using as light a line as possible. Concentrate on submerged vegetation when you find it. Striped bass anglers look for birds feeding on bait driven to the surface by schools of hungry stripers. Use live shad or artificial bait. White bass action can be very good during prespawn and the spring spawning run, especially up towards the river mouth. Jigs and spoons or slabs are recommended baits.
Most of Possum Kingdom’s lake shore is made of large to cobble-size rock. The lower end has scenic rock cliffs and bluffs, while the upper end spreads into shallower areas with shoreline vegetations. Points and dropoffs can be found throughout PK lake. Many docks provide habitat for fish, and so do standing timber and laydowns. At certain times of the year, aquatic vegetation is also found.
Rainbow Trout – The Hwy 16 bridge area of the Brazos River behind the Possum Kingdom dam holds Largemouth Bass,Sand Bass, and various panfish year round. Also, each year from December thru early March, Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the river with Rainbow Trout from the fish hatchery located just down the road from the dam. The Rainbows are only 9-12 inches long, but are still great fun to catch. This is great if you just want to hit the water with you fly rod for trout but only have time for a short day trip. Just watch the Texas Parks and Wildlifewebpage for stocking schedules. Which should be posted by mid-November.
GEAR AND FLY SUGGESTIONS
Winter trout stocking
3 or 4 Wt. rod
Waders, the water is very cold December thru March
Gloves, I prefer fingerless
Leader: 6 to 9 feet in length is good(remember:these trout are young stockers and not very leader savvy)
5X or 6X Tippet
Flies: Wooly Buggers, Black or Olive work very well
Brassie and Zebra midges
If you want to use dries, the Royal Wulff, and Parachute Adams work well.
Rest of the year, for bass and panfish
6 to 8 Wt Rod (there are some large bass in there!)
No waders needed unless it’s late in the fall.It’s too hot
Leader: I just tie on about 9 feet of 20 pound test, and tie the fly directly to that. Bass and panfish aren’t leader shy!
Flies : Wooly Buggers, Black,Olive, or White
Grasshopper and Cricket patterns
Bass bug poppers