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Lake Wichita – Wichita Falls Texas

February 17, 2020

Lake Wichita

Lake Wichita is located on the south side of the city of Wichita Falls just off Texas Highway 79. While, the surface area of the lake is 1224 acres with a maximum depth of 9.5 feet. Furthermore, constructed in 1901 for irrigation and recreation. While, the fluctuation of the lake is 1 foot. Furthermore, City of Wichita Falls is the reservoir controlling authority. Predominant fish species include.

Structure and Native Vegetation

While, this shallow lake has many bulrushes along the shoreline, other aquatic vegetation is sparse.

Boat Ramps, Accommodation, Docks and Parking Facilities

Lake Wichita

There are normally two ramps available to the public. However, Ramp No. 1 is currently not in a usable condition.

While, Ramp No. 2 is located on the east side of the dam just off Old Lake Road across from the State Hospital. The ramp accommodates small and medium sized boats for no fee and is open all year.

Further, provides parking and courtesy docks. While, the ramp is operated by the City of Wichita Falls, they may be contacted on (940) 761-7477 for information.

Furthermore, campgrounds are available nearby at the Lake Arrowhead State Park. However, when operating boats and being around water, always consider being safe and wearing Personal Flotation Devices.

Fish and Fishing on Lake Wichita

While, the lake has suffered two major Golden Algae blooms, one in 2009 and one in 2012. Therefore, killing off major amounts of fish. Moreover, as the lake recovers, the fish species available to the public recovers. White Crappie fishing is still good, especially in the riprap along the dam and the old pier poles nearby.

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.

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 Wichita White Crappie fishing is good.

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

White Crappie

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Habitat

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), like those in Lake Wichita is a carnivorous species of freshwater game fish. Has an olive green to greenish grey body with dark, 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, white bass, striped bass and trout.

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, when the water temperature first holds steady above 60°F.

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, especially as these are breeding females that contribute largely to the future of sport fishing stocks.

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.

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

Channel Catfish

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.

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

Channel Catfish in muddy water

White Bass

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, 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 when water temperatures are 54°F to 68°F. Furthermore, young fish live in the shallows as adults move to deeper waters including in Lake Wichita. Generally, the current world record on fishing tackle for the White Bass is 6 pounds 13 ounces.

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

Hybrid Striped Bass

The Hybrid Striped Bass is a hybrid between the Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) and the White Bass (Morone chrysops). Also known as the Wiper or Whiterock Bass.

Further, distinguished from the Striped Bass by broken rather than solid horizontal stripes on the body. While, resilient to extremes of temperature and to low dissolved oxygen.

However, both a game fish and a food fish. Moreover, the Hybrid Striped Bass has aggressive feeding habits which makes them a highly sought-after fish for anglers.

Reproduce in two ways, either taking the white bass eggs and fertilizing with the striped bass sperm or using the striped bass’ eggs and fertilizing with the white bass sperm.

While, the preferred method is using the female striped bass eggs and fertilizing with the white bass sperm creating the palmetto bass. Therefore, increasing the amount of offspring.

While, schooling by the thousands, including in Cedar Creek Lake. Generally, these stocked fish surface feed on bait fish such as shad, bluegill, sunfish, fathead minnows, white and black crappie.

Moreover, their surface feeding habits make the fish visible and easy to catch on a wide array of lures and baits including casting spoons, buck-tail jigs, soft-body plastic fish replicas and inline spinners.

Meanwhile, their quality as a high-fighting game fish is closely followed by their delicious firm, white and flake meat. Generally, these fish are used to control bait fish populations and provide sport for anglers.

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

Hybrid Striped 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.

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

Lake Wichita Alligator and Alligator Safety

Lake Wichita 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, the lake experience golden algae attacks in 2009 and 2012. Therefore, current fishing opportunities are limited with White Crappie fishing being relatively good. Has a fluctuation of approximately 1 foot. Have a low density of aquatic vegetation with bulrushes growing along the shoreline. Should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the City of Wichita Falls on (940) 761-7477.

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