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Fishing for a Million Trophy Bass in the New Bois d'Arc Lake, Texas

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A aerial view of the new Bois d'Arc lake near Dallas Texas
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Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Texas, the new Bois d'Arc Lake stands as a testament to the state's natural beauty and the allure of being on the water. The first new lake in Texas in 30 years is a picturesque manmade reservoir, located in Fannin County about an hour northeast of Dallas, has become a hotspot for fishing and other water sport enthusiasts seeking tranquility and room to practice their sport.

The main purpose of the lake is to provide drinking water to more than 2 million people in 13 North Texas cities in addition to the 55,000 people that are moving here per year. But while that purpose is being well served with the reservoir providing up to 82 million gallons of drinking water per day, it has also become the newest and one of the most popular water recreational destinations.  The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) started planning the reservoir 20 years ago with construction starting four years ago. At the time of this writing, the lake was 99.5% full and open for boating, fishing and other water sport activities.

Bois d'Arc Lake being filled with water

Natural Beauty Abounds

One of the most captivating aspects of Bois d’Arc Lake is its unspoiled natural beauty. Surrounded by lush greenery, including the native bois d’arc trees, this lake offers a stunning backdrop for all kinds of water activities. While fishing is a major attraction here, other water activities abound from kayaking, to paddleboarding. Or maybe water skiing or wake surfing is what you like to do on the water. Whatever water sport you enjoy doing, you can do it on the crystal-clear waters of Bois d’Arc lake while immersed in the tranquility and beauty of nature.

An aerial view of Lake Bois d'Arc

Let's look a little closer into the charm and appeal of the main attraction – fishing - on Bois d'Arc.

A Haven for Anglers

Pronounced bo-da(r)k, this lake is named after the Bois d’Arc tree - also known as Osage orange. The surface area of this lake is just shy of 17,000 acres with 172 miles of shoreline around it. It has an average depth of 22 feet and a maximum depth of 70 feet. There are three boat ramps to access its waterse: 

  1. FM 897 Boat Ramp – 740 County Road 2945, Dodd City, TX 75438
  2. South 1396 Boat Ramp – 1191 Old 1396 S, Windom, TX 75492
  3. North 1396 Boat Ramp – 1510 Old 1396 N, Telephone, TX 75488

A map of Bois d'Arc Lake with boat ramps locations marked

Bois d'Arc Lake offers a diverse and thriving ecosystem that sustains a number of various fish species – a million fish were initially stocked in the lake. Anglers can now flock to its waters year-round, drawn by the promise of exciting catches on the newest lake in Texas in 30 years. Richard Saccaro from McAlester, OK reported catching 50 fish ranging between two and four pounds in his outing on the lakeThe size of the lake provides plenty of room for anglers to explore its waters and discover their favorite new fishing spots.

Abundant Fish Species

One of the highlights of fishing Bois d'Arc Lake is the diversity of fish species. It offers a plethora of game fish, including crappie, channel catfish, bluegill sunfish, threadfin shad and white bass. The lake is also stocked with thousands of trophy “Lonestar” largemouth bass. These lunkers have been especially bred for Texas lakes from a pure Florida strain of largemouth bass brood each weighing at least 13 pounds. 

The lake's healthy fish population coupled with the variety of fish ensures that anglers of all skill levels have a chance to reel in a prized catch.

A person holding a fish

Prime Fishing Spots

Bois d'Arc Lake offers a variety of fishing locations, from tranquil coves to expansive open waters. Anglers can choose to fish from a boat or even try their luck at kayak fishing in the lake's more secluded areas. Popular fishing spots include numerous points, drop-offs and 40 fish habitat structures that provide ideal places for fish to congregate.

Fishing Techniques and Tips

For those planning a fishing trip to Bois d'Arc Lake, knowing the right techniques can enhance the experience. Anglers targeting largemouth bass often find success using topwater lures during the early morning or late evening hours when the fish are most active. Crappie enthusiasts may have luck using jigs or minnows near submerged structures such as brush piles or fallen trees. Catfish are bottom feeders so go to the bottom for them.

Conservation, Sustainability and Respect for Nature

Bois d’Arc Lake is not only a recreational paradise for fishing but also a testament to the importance of conservation and sustainability. The lake's creation involved extensive environmental planning to minimize impact on local ecosystems, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy its natural beauty.

A river with rocks and trees

But while enjoying the bounty and beauty of Bois d'Arc Lake, it's essential for anglers to practice responsible fishing and conservation efforts. This includes following the 16 inch “Lonestar” bass catch limit, releasing undersized or protected fish unharmed and properly disposing of trash. By respecting the lake and its inhabitants, anglers can contribute to preserve its natural beauty for future generations to also enjoy.

Planning Your Fishing Trip

For anglers planning a fishing trip to Bois d'Arc Lake, several amenities and services enhance the experience. Nearby camping facilities allow for extended stays. In the end, Bois d’Arc Lake is more than just a body of water—it's a destination that invites exploration, relaxation, and appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Discover this hidden gem and let its serene beauty captivate your senses (and fill your boat’s life well).

Whether seeking the thrill of reeling in a trophy bass, simply enjoying a day of peaceful fishing, or enjoying a different water sport, this reservoir offers something for everyone. With a commitment to conservation and responsible angling practices, fishermen and other water sport lovers can savor the magic of Bois d'Arc Lake for years to come.

Come Home to Carefree Covered RV Storage

A picture of a Carefree Covered RV and Boat Storage facility.Once you’re ready to leave the beauty of Bois d’Arc Lake, we’re always here at Carefree Covered RV Storage with a place for your boat and recreational vehicles. Check out our facility and keep us in mind for top-notch covered RV and boat storage.

When you store your boats and recreational vehicles with us, you’ll enjoy secure, quality covered RV storage with our extensive video camera surveillance, along with 365-day automated access with our phone gate app, charging outlets, free Wi-Fi, and free self RV wash and sewer dump. We’ve even got complimentary bags of ice! We’re always here for our customers at Carefree Covered RV Storage. Check out our facilities in Texas and Arizona, then stop by, and we’ll get you all set up. 


At Carefree Covered RV Storage, you’re guaranteed peace of mind, protection, and personalized, old-fashioned service. We make it easy for you to rent and make payments online, maintain your vehicle, and get on the road — so that you can keep living the carefree life.

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