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Lake Worth – Fort Worth City Freshwater Lake

Lake Worth

Lake Worth a freshwater reservoir located on the West Fork of the Trinity River in Texas. Further, the reservoir falls entirely within the Forth Worth city limits and is controlled by the City of Fort Worth’s Reservoir Controlling Authority. While, the surface area is 3489 acres and the maximum depth 22 feet. Constructed in 1914, has a moderate fluctuation with a stained water clarity. Furthermore, dominant fish species include.

Structure and Native Vegetation

Submerged vegetation is sparse. While, cattails and other emergent species cover the shallow flats. Further, several areas of Lake Worth present standing timber with numerous boat houses, fishing docks and piers provide valuable structure and cover to fish.

Lake Worth Boat Ramps, Docks and Parking Facilities

There are four parks with boat ramps providing access to Lake Worth. While, these facilities are all open throughout the year they do charge a fee. Further, camping is not permitted at the parks. Arrow “S” Park, Casino Park and Sunset Park are all facilities operated by the City of Worth contact number (817) 392-7148. However, when operating boats and water vessels, safety is paramount so wear Personal Flotation Devices for your protection.

Arrow 'S' Park

Arrow S Park at Lake Worth Texas

Meanwhile, Arrow ‘S’ Park is a facility offering ADA-Accessible restrooms, parking for 50 vehicles, picnic areas and courtesy docks with a two-lane concrete ramp. Further, to get to the park from Loop 820, take the Cahoba exit and go west on the access road.

Casino Park at Lake Worth

From Highway 199 take Surfside West to Casino Park Ramp. Furthermore, the facility offers parking for 20 vehicles, picnic area and a one-lane concrete ramp.

Casino Park

Sunset Park

Sunset Park at Lake Worth Texas

Sunset Park is a facility offering restrooms, parking for 20 vehicles, a picnic area and a one-lane concrete ramp in shallow water. Moreover, to get to the facility from Highway 199 go west on Watercress.

Lake Worth Marina

Lake Worth Marina is a privately operated marina that offers ADA-Accessible restrooms, parking for 20 vehicles, weigh stations, picnic areas, live bait facilities and courtesy dock with a two-lane concrete ramp.

To access the marina from Highway 199 in the City of Lake Worth take Foster and go west then south on Marina.

Lake Worth Marina

Fish and Fishing

White Crappie, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish are the most popular fish in Lake Worth. While, Largemouth Bass and White Bass occur but only produce fair fishing.

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 Worth White Crappie occur near reed beds and brush piles under docks.

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Blue Catfish

The Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is the largest species of freshwater catfish in North America. While, reaching up to 65 inches in length and weighing 150 pounds. Generally, they are 25 – 46 inches in length. While, these catfish live up to 20 years.

Tolerate brackish water. The Blue Catfish can be misidentified as a Channel Catfish. However, Blue Catfish are heavy bodied, blueish grey fish that have a dorsal hump.

While, the best way to tell it apart from the Channel Cat is to count the number of rays on the anal fin. The Blue has 30 – 36 rays and the Channel Cat has 25 – 29 rays.

Meanwhile, the Blue also has barbels, a deeply forked tail and a protruding upper jaw. Furthermore, the Blue is an opportunistic predator feeding on crawfish, mussels, frogs and other aquatic food sources. Generally, catching wounded or dead prey.

Furthermore, these fish feed beneath marauding schools of striped bass in open water reservoirs or feeding on baitfish washed through dam spillways.

The current world record Blue Catfish weighs 130 pounds, has a length of 57 inches and is 45 inches around. Lake Worth Blue Catfish occur throughout the reservoir and specimens of over 40 pounds are not uncommon.

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Blue Catfish

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 in Lake Worth occur throughout the reservoir.

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Flathead Catfish

The Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) also known as the Mudcat or Shovelhead Cat is a large species of North American freshwater catfish in the Ictaluridae family. Further, reaching lengths of up to 61 inches and weighing around 123 pounds. Therefore, the second largest catfish in North America.

Generally, the lengths of the Mudcat are around 25 – 46 inches. While, the maximum lifespan is 24 years. Meanwhile, mature at 4 – 5 years old. Generally, voracious carnivores feeding on fish, insects, annelid worms and crustaceans. However, they also feed on almost anything that moves and makes vibration.

Generally, spawning occurs in late June and early July in nests made in areas with submerged logs and other debris. Moreover, males build nests and fiercely and tirelessly defend and the fan the clutch. While, the fry frequent shallow areas with rocky and sandy substrates.

Furthermore, sport fishing for the mudcat is either by rod-and-reel, limb lines or noodling. With the common elements for the location of flatheads seek submerged wood cover such as logs and roots especially at bends in rivers.

Furthermore, a good spot for flathead include an area which is relatively deep with moderate currents with access to plentiful bait fish such as carp, drum, panfish or suckers.

Meanwhile, ideal bait would include river herring, shad, sunfish, bluegill, suckers, carp, goldfish, drum and bullheads. Furthermore, the current world record is 123 pound 9 ounces. Lake Worth produces fine specimens of Flathead Catfish throughout the reservoir.

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Flathead Catfish

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Habitat

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 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, 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, when the water temperature 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. 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. Largemouth Bass in Lake Worth are found around rocky shoreline and boat houses.

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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. White bass in Lake Worth are easy prey when spawning up the river.

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White Bass

Lake Worth Alligator and Alligator Safety

Lake Worth 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 Worth offers plenty of fishing opportunities, jet skiing, boating and picnicking. While, having a moderate fluctuation and stained water clarity. Further, has a low density of aquatic vegetation including cattails. Furthermore, there is an influx of zebra mussels and the reservoir is contaminated.

Therefore, clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer, live well, buckets and gears before going to another body of water. Moreover, drain all water and do not transport zebra mussels, as this is illegal. Please see our article related to Zebra Mussels as Invasive Species. Therefore, should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the City of Fort Worth on (817) 392-7148.

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