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Lake Naconiche

October 14, 2021

Nacogdoches Texas Lake Naconiche

Lake Naconiche located fourteen miles northeast of Nacogdoches. Situated off US Highway 59 in Texas. Constructed and impounded in 2009 on Naconiche and Telesco Creeks.

While having a surface area of 692 acres the maximum depth remains around 40 feet. Generally, the lake has a one to two feet fluctuation per annum with moderately clear water.

Further operated by the Nacogdoches County Reservoir Controlling Authority who may be contacted on (936) 559-9038 for any information.

Predominant Fish Species in Lake Naconiche

Structure and Native Vegetation

Fish habitats consist predominantly of aquatic vegetation including hydrilla and lily pads. As well as standing or submerged timber and some artificially created habitats placed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in cooperation with Nacogdoches County and Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership.

Lake Naconiche Boat Ramps, Docks and Parking Facilities

While public access may be limited to the County Park. Meanwhile the lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day seven days a week. Furthermore, when operating on or around water, please wear your Personal Flotation Device for your own safety.

County Park

Lake Naconiche Fishing Pier

To access the County Park at Lake Naconiche, take US Highway 59 north from Nacogdoches, making a left turn on FM 2435. Continue on the road for approximately two miles and turn onto CR 137.

Furthermore Nacogdoches County Park offers the public ADA-Accessible restrooms, parking, picnic areas, a fishing pier, and a two-lane boat ramp with courtesy dock.

While charging a day use fee if no annual pass was bought. The facility opens all year round.

However, be aware no camping facility exists nor is allowed. Operated by the Nacogdoches County who may be contacted on (936) 559-9038.

Fish and Fishing

Lake Naconiche fish stocking began in 2009 and included Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Florida Largemouth Bass and White and Black Crappie.

While the most popular sport fish in the lake is the Largemouth Bass that provide anglers with excellent fishing opportunities for bass ranging from 15 to 20 inches in length. Further, there is an excellent Crappie population present in the reservoir making for excellent fishing opportunities.

Furthermore, Sunfish especially Bluegill are present in high numbers, supplying excellent fishing opportunities even for the youth or inexperienced angler. While Channel Catfish are present, fishing opportunities are good.

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 twenty-five pounds.

While they 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.

Meanwhile 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 four ounces.

Largemouth Bass Habitat
Largemouth Bass in Lake Naconiche

Largemouth Bass are more active during fall, winter, and spring months where they are generally found in shallow water around vegetation edges, points, and creek channels. Anglers have success with a variety of baits and techniques.

Some baits include crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and swim jigs fished over vegetation. While bass fishing during summer months are slower with activity peaking early in the morning or late in the evening using topwater baits. As the sun rises bass concentrate around vegetation edges or seek refuge on deep creek channel ledges. Generally, at this time, anglers have most success using plastic worms, jigs, creature baits and Carolina Rigs.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Largemouth 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. Crappie in Lake Naconiche can be caught using jigs, small spinners or live minnows fished along edges of vegetation, creek channels and bridge pilings.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Crappie.

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 two 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.

Sunfish in Lake Naconiche include Bluegill and Redear Sunfish which may be caught year-round peaking late in spring or summer over spawning beds. Generally, anglers use small jigs, spinners, and crickets with most success.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Sunfish.

Sunfish

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.

A popular food source. 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, omnivores feeding on a variety of natural and prepared baits including crickets, nightcrawlers, minnows, shad, freshwater drum, crawfish, frogs, bullheads, sunfish, chicken livers and suckers. 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 in Lake Naconiche may be caught using natural or artificial baits.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Channel Catfish.

Lake Naconiche Alligator and Alligator Safety

Lake Naconiche 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, Lake Naconiche offers plenty of fishing opportunities, swimming, jet skiing, boating, and picnicking. With moderately clear water this 692-acre lake has a one to two feet annual fluctuation and a maximum depth of forty feet.

Fish habitat consists of aquatic vegetation including hydrilla and lily pads and submerged timber. Should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the Nacogdoches County Reservoir Controlling Authority on (936) 560-7709 or the lake office at (936) 559-9038

 

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