Pat Mayse Lake is located 15 miles north of the city of Paris on US 271, 3 miles west on FM 906.
The reservoir is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is stocked regularly with fish, including species of largemouth bass, white crappie, sunfish, striped bass, channel and flathead catfish, and other common fish species.
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Largemouth bass are popular in this reservoir. Spotted bass provide additional action, but they don't get very big. White bass provide an additional fishery, especially in the open water areas. Crappie fishing is generally good, especially in the lake's abundant standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish are present, but channel catfish dominate and provide excellent sport fishing.PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIESLargemouth Bass
(aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)Spotted Bass
(aka Kentucky Spotted Bass, Spotted Black Bass)White Bass
(aka Sand Bass, Barfish, Streaker, Silver Bass)Catfish and BullheadsCrappie
(aka White Perch, Calico Bass, Sac-a-lait) A Guide to Fresh- and Saltwater Fish caught in Texas Bass Identification Guide Channel and Blue Catfish Identification GuideTIPS & TACTICS
Peak fishing for largemouth bass
occurs during spring, mid-February through April, when anglers concentrate on fishing the shoreline in search of spawning fish. Popular baits include plastic worms and lizards, spinnerbaits, jigs and jerk baits. Schools of largemouth bass are targeted from late summer into fall using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and topwaters. Spotted bass
(Kentucky spots), a small relative of the largemouth bass, are often caught by anglers fishing for largemouth bass in the lower lake especially during winter months.
During the spawning season, crappie are caught in shallow water around submerged trees and brush. Popular baits include live minnows and crappie jigs. Channel catfish
can be caught by drift fishing or bank fishing. During their spawning season, late spring to early summer, catfish tend to concentrate along the rip-rap of the dam. They can be caught on a wide variety of baits including shrimp, stinkbaits, blood bait, liver, cut bait and earthworms. Pat Mayse Lake supports a good population of white bass
. Schooling fish can be caught using slabs, spoons, topwaters, sassy shads and lipless crankbaits. Anglers can often find these schools along the dam. Hybrid striped bass
stockings were discontinued in this reservoir in 2000, but the potential still exists to encounter the occasional large fish. FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE
The upper third of Pat Mayse Lake, upstream from Lamar Point, is heavily timbered with numerous coves and cuts which provide excellent habitat for largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. Many of these coves also have margins of submerged and emergent vegetation. Rip rap on the dam provides opportunities for all species throughout the year.AQUATIC VEGETATION
Abundant vegetation in the form of giant bulrush, cutgrass, and American lotus can be found along the shore of the reservoir. Small amounts of coontail and hydrilla are present. FISHING REGULATIONS
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations: Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Bag and Length LimitsLAKE RECORDSCURRENT FISHING REPORTSTOCKING HISTORYLATEST LAKE SURVEY REPORTPUBLIC ACCESS FACILITIESLAKE MAPS
Small lake maps are available free of charge from the Corps of Engineers. Topographic maps may be available from online sources.
This information courtesy of Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department," Pat Mayse Lake" Aug-7-2014U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, "Lake Pat Mayse Recreation Areas " Aug-7-2014