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Lake Cypress Springs – Franklin County

Lake Cypress Springs

Lake Cypress Springs is a freshwater reservoir located in North East Texas, approximately 90 miles east of Dallas in Pittsburg, Franklin County. While, the lake is used for recreational, municipal and industrial purposes. Further, has 20 subdivisions and around 850 waterfront homes.

Meanwhile, the surface area is approximately 3461 acres with a maximum depth of 56 feet. Construction of the dam began in 1966 and was completed in 1971 at 395 feet above sea level. Furthermore, is a clear lake with a fluctuation of between 2 and 3 feet.

Moreover, the reservoir controlling authority is Franklin County Water District who may be contacted on (903) 537-4536. Furthermore, predominant fish species include.

Structure and Native Vegetation

Aquatic vegetation cover less than 10% of the surface area of the lake. Therefore, TPWD (Texas Park and Wildlife Department) have installed fish attracting structures to provide additional habitats for fish near boat houses, terrestrial brush and trees in the shoreline areas and along the rip rap.

Lake Cypress Springs Boat Ramps, Accommodation and Parking

There are five public parks operated by the Franklin County Water District available to the public that are open all year round. These facilities all charge $2 per person per day or require the use of an annual pass. Furthermore, all facilities offer the public restrooms, parking, picnic areas and campgrounds. For information and reservations feel free to contact (903) 537-4536.

However, when operating watercraft or fishing on water, please wear your personal flotation device and keep yourself out of danger. Water can be extremely dangerous.

Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park is located at the south end of the dam. Therefore, from Exit 146 off I-30 in Mt Vernon, take Texas 37 south for ½ mile to FM 21. Now, turn east and travel approximately 6 miles, turn south on FM 3007 and go 2.8 miles.

Cross over the dam and look for signs to the park for a concrete ramp with a courtesy dock that can handle boats of all sizes.

Guthrie Park

Guthrie Park is located on the north end of the dam. From Exit 146 off I-30 in Mt Vernon take Texas 37 for ½ a mile to FM 21. Turn east and travel 6 miles to FM 3007. Turn south and travel 1.8 miles to the concrete ramp with courtesy docks that handles boats of all sizes.

Guthrie Park

Mary King Park

Mary King Park at Lake Cypress Springs

Mary King Park is located on the south shore at mid-lake level. Therefore, from Mt Vernon take Texas 37 south for just over ½ a mile to FM 21. Turn east and travel 6 miles to FM 3007 and turn south.

Cross the dam and turn to the west towards the Turkey Cove area for this ramp which is capable of handling boats of all sizes.

Overlook Park

Overlook Park can handle boats of all sizes and is located on the north shore at mid-lake level. Therefore, from Mt Vernon, go south on Texas 37 to FM 21. Turn left and go 3.2 miles to FM 2723. Then turn right and go 4.6 miles to park.

Overlook Park at Lake Cypress Springs

Walleye Park

Walleye Park at Lake Cypress Springs

Walleye Park with cleaning stations handles boats of all sizes and is located on the north shore near the dam. Therefore, from Mt Vernon take Texas 37 south to FM 21.

Turn left and travel 3.2 miles to FM 2723. Then turn right and follow the road for 3 miles. Take FM 3122, the third road on the left and turn south on SE 4220 for approximately 1.5 miles.

Fish and Fishing

Spotted Bass and Crappie fishing are excellent in Lake Cypress Springs. While, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Bass and Sunfish fishing is good. Furthermore, the Triploid Grass Permit is effective on this lake. Therefore, any grass carp caught in the lake, must be returned immediately without being harmed.

Spotted bass

Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) is a freshwater fish in the Centrarchidae family of the Perciformes order. Other names include Spotty, Spots. While, it may be mistaken for the largemouth bass.

However, the distinguishing characteristics is the size of the mouth, with the spotted bass having a small mouth. As well as, having rows of dark spots below the lateral line.

Meanwhile, has scales on the base portion of the second dorsal fin. While, the first and second dorsal fins are clearly connected, and the upper jawbone does not extend back to or beyond the rear edge of the eye.

Furthermore, may be mistaken with the smallmouth bass. However, it does not have vertical bars on the sides of the body like the smallmouth bass. Generally, reaching lengths of 25 inches weighing up to 11 pounds.

Prefers cool waters with rocky bottoms. While, their diets consist of insects, crustaceans, frogs, annelid worms and smaller fish. Generally, occur around aquatic vegetation, submerged logs, rocks or rip rap walls. While, spawning from April to May.

A highly prized game fish with a current record of 10.27 pounds. Spotted bass are present in moderate densities in Lake Cypress Springs.

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Spotted Bass

Crappie

White Crappie

The Crappie is a freshwater fish in the Pomoxis genus. A North American fish in the sunfish or Centrarchidae family. A species of popular pan fish. Other names for Crappie include Papermouths, Strawberry Bass, Speckled Bass, Speckled Perch, Crappie Bass or Calico Bass.

Further, the crappie is divided into the White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) and the Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus). Both species feed predominately on small fish including the Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Walleye and Crappies.

While, farther feeding on zooplankton, insects and crustaceans. They are less active during the day and will concentrate around weed beds or submerged objects such as logs and boulders.

Meanwhile, they feed during dawn and dusk, moving in open waters or approaching the shore. Considered among the best tasting freshwater fish due to their diverse diets.

While, crappie can be caught on many different lures and baits including light jigs, plastic jigs, lead jig heads, crankbaits, trolling with live minnows and small spinnerbaits. As well as, spider rigging.

While, some anglers even chum or dump live bait into the water to attract the fish to bite their bait. Generally, crappie is targeted and caught during the spawning period from May to June.

The current world record for black crappie is 5 pounds and for white crappie is 5.2 pounds. Lake Cypress Springs have white and black crappie that provide excellent fishing opportunities.

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Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a carnivorous species of freshwater game fish. Has an olive green to greenish grey body with dark, sometimes black blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank.

Meanwhile, the upper jaw extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. Reach lengths of 29.5 inches weighing around 25 pounds.

Feed on snails, crawfish, crayfish, frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats, shrimps, insects, small water birds, mammals, baby alligators and small fish. Including bluegill, banded killifish, shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, sunfish, catfish, walleye, bass and trout.

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Larger bass occupy deeper water and prey items may be as large as 50% of the bass’s body length or larger. While, they prefer open areas with little or no cover. Meanwhile, in areas with overhead cover such as overhanging banks, brush or submerged structures, they use their sense of hearing, sight, vibration and smell to attack and seize their prey.

Generally, spawning occurs in spring from March until early July. Sought after by anglers for their exciting fight Often caught on Spinnerbait, plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits and live baits such as worms, frogs, crawfish, shiners and minnows. While, there is a strong cultural pressure among largemouth bass anglers encouraging catch and release practices of larger specimens.

Furthermore, bass have a white, slightly mushy meat which is of a lower quality than that of the smallmouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye or crappie. The world record largemouth bass weighed in at 22 pounds 4 ounces. Lake Cypress Springs Largemouth Bass is moderately abundant with good numbers available for harvest.

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Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish in muddy water

The Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) is the most abundant type of catfish species in North America. While, being the official fish of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee.

The Channel Cat is popular for food. Therefore, there has been a rapid expansion of aquaculture of the species in the United States. Cavity nesters laying eggs in crevices, hollows or debris to protect them from swift currents.

Have a keen sense of smell and taste. With taste buds distributed over the surface of their entire bodies and their nostrils. Further, the fish has four pairs of barbels surrounding the mouth allowing the catfish to find food in dark, stained or muddy water with relative ease.

Generally, are omnivores and feed on a variety of natural and prepared baits including crickets, nightcrawlers, minnows, shad, freshwater drum, crawfish, frogs, bullheads, sunfish, chicken livers and suckers. While, they are even known to take Ivory soap as bait and even raw steak.

Meanwhile, popular fishing methods include juglines, trotlines, limb lines and bank lines in addition to the traditional rod-and-reel fishing techniques. While, another method of fishing for the catfish includes noodling or hand fishing.

Channel catfish are present in Lake Cypress Springs in good numbers and provide excellent fishing opportunities.

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White Bass

The White Bass (Morone chrysops) is a freshwater fish in the Moronidae family of temperate basses. While, the state fish of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, other names include the Silver Bass or Sand Bass.

Further, the fish is silver white to pale green in color. While, the back is dark, and the sides and belly are white with narrow dark stripes running lengthwise on the sides.

Furthermore, has large rough scales and two dorsal fins. While, the more anterior dorsal fin is much harder and appears to have spines on them. Meanwhile, the more posterior dorsal fin is much softer.

While, the body is deep and laterally compressed. Moreover, the bass tends to grow to 10 – 12 inches but may reach up to 17 inches in length. Furthermore, as the vertebrae do not extend into the tail, the white bass has a homocercal tail.

While, the dorsal and ventral portion of the tail angle inward toward a point, creating a clear angle. Furthermore, has a notched tail. While, a carnivorous fish eating calanoida, cyclopoida, daphnia and leptodora.

However, when not frightened, they will easily bite at live bait such as worms and minnows. While, larger fish may feed on other fish. Generally, spawning occurs from mid-March to late May.

Furthermore, young fish live in the shallows as adults move to deeper waters. Generally, the current world record on fishing tackle for the White Bass is 6 pounds 13 ounces. The white bass populations in Lake Cypress Springs occur in high densities with moderately high numbers of harvestable fish.

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White Bass

Sunfish

Sunfish

The sunfish is a species of freshwater fish in the Centrarchid family, order Perciformes and genus Centrarchus. A ray-finned fish comprising of 34 different living species. Native to North America.

Mostly valued for sport fishing and have been introduced in many waterways. Generally, they have laterally compressed body shapes with 3 – 8 anal spines and 2 fused dorsal fins. However, there are two main groups, the Lepomis and the Micropterus.

The Lepomis are defined by a deep rounder body shape, smaller mouth that obtain food by suction feeding. While, the Micropterus have more streamlined body shapes, larger mouths and primarily consume prey by ram feeding methods.

They prefer clear, warm, slow moving water. Preferring to live in and around aquatic vegetation. Further, found in various water columns within a body of water. Generally, spawning occurs in spring and juveniles emerge in the late spring to early summer.

Their diets consist primarily of insects, snails and small invertebrates. Therefore, they can be caught on nightcrawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, waxworms or mealworms. As well as, small flies and lures on light spinning tackle.

Bluegill and redear are the dominant sunfish in Lake Cypress Springs. Occurring in moderate numbers of quality-size fish.

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Bluegill

The Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a freshwater fish in the Centrarchidae family. Native to North America. Other names include Bream, Brim, Sunny and Copper Nose.

Has a deep flattened body with various coloration, ranging from deep blue and purple on the face and gill cover. Further, has fiery orange to yellow chest and belly. As well as, 5 – 9 dark olive vertical bands down their sides.

While, they have a black spot on the side of the posterior edge of the gills resembling and ear and at the base of the dorsal fin. Further, they have a dark shade of blue under their chins.

Generally, reaching 12-inches in length and approximately 4.5 pounds. Generally, a schooling fish, living in groups with other panfish. Hides around inside old tree stumps and other underwater structures. As well as, aquatic plants and the shade of trees along the banks.

While, living in either deep or very shallow water often moving between the two depending on the time of day and season. In summer they tend to move to deep waters where they suspend just below the surface preferring water temperatures from 60°F - 80°F.

While, they enjoy the heat but do not like direct sunlight. Omnivores consuming rotifers, water fleas, insect larvae, mayflies, caddisflies, dragonflies, crayfish, water bugs, leeches, snails, other small fish and even aquatic vegetation. Generally, feed during daylight.

Spawning season runs from May into August. Generally, caught on small crankbaits, spinners, fake worms, bare hooks or live baits. Namely, worms, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, minnows, maggots, small frogs and small shrimp.

As well as, kitchen scraps like bread and corn. Bluegill occur in moderate numbers of quality-size.

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Bluegill

Lake Cypress Springs Alligator and Alligator Safety

Lake Cypress Springs is a water source within Texas. As we are aware, there are alligators in Texas. Let us not fret over whether there are or are not alligators. Rather, take necessary precautions and always be on the lookout. Alligator safety does not take much time and it may save your life or the life of someone else around you.

Should you detect an alligator, regardless of size, do not feed them to allow them to get food as they will become a problem to everybody. Alligator safety is covered in our article Alligator Safety, but here is a quick breakdown.

If the gator hisses, you are too close, move away! In encounters, back away slowly.

Report the alligator to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Do not attempt to remove it.

If you have a pet with you, place it on a leash and keep it under control.

Do not swim in the water where there are alligators.

Killing or harassing or attempting to move an alligator is prohibited by state law.

Conclusion

In short, offers plenty of fishing opportunities, boating, camping and picnicking. Has a moderate fluctuation and a clear water quality. While, used to supply municipal water. As well as, recreation offering full-service marinas, camping and more.

Have a low density of aquatic vegetation with only 10% of the surface area of the lake being covered. While, also a Triploid Grass Carp Permitted area. Should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the Franklin County Water District on (903) 537-4536.

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