Fishing at the Amistad Lake

Fishing License

If you are 17 or older, born after January 1, 1931, or not mentally disabled, you are permitted to have a fishing license in order to fish.

Cost of a License is $30.

Fish species

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Catfish
  • White Bass
  • Stripped Bass

Best way to fish for these species?

Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons. White bass are fair on slabs, jigging spoons, and live minnows. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and liver over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch.

Texas records

Largemouth Bass- weight 15.68, length 28.30

Smallmouth Bass- weight 5.37, length 20.25

Catfish- weight 14.16, length 29.00

Stripped Bass- weight 45.00, length 44.00


The combined limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Guadalupe and spotted bass is 5 fish per day. Minimum length is 14 inches for smallmouth and largemouth. No minimum length for Guadeloupe and spotted.

For catfish, bag limit is 25 in any combination of Channel and blue catfish species. Minimum length is 12 inches.

Flathead catfish bag limit is 5. Minimum length is 18 inches.

White bass bag limit is 25 per day. Minimum length is 10 inches.

No limit for yellow bass.

Any species of Crappie fish such as white or black crappie's bag limit is 25 in any combination. Minimum length is 10 inches.

Major Invasive Threats

Zebra mussels, triploid grass carp, and water spinach pose as major threats to our Texas waters.

The Sharelunker program

This is a program that encourages anglers to lend or donate fish to TPWD for spawning purposes.

Most recent stocking

The most recent stocking of Lake Amistad was in 2015. The stocking included 444,685 Florida Largemouth Bass fish.

Endangered species

Three endangered species at the Amistad Lake are the brown pelican, the peregrine falcon, and the bald eagle.