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Lake Info: Tyler, Texas

Fishing Description: 

A canal connects Lake Tyler East with Lake Tyler West. Both lakes have a great reputation as consistent largemouth bass fisheries. They are popular with tournament anglers and host frequent night tournaments during the summer. Most fish are in the 2- to 8-lb class with a few over 10 lbs. Crappie are not as abundant as at some other lakes, but size distribution us usually good and few need to be released due to small size. Sunfishes (bluegill, redear, and redbreast) provide excellent opportunity for bait or fly fishing anglers. More recent additions to the fishery are chain pickerel and white bass. Chain pickerel, a smaller cousin of the northern pike, is frequently sought by anglers because of its sporting qualities. White bass were introduced from Lake Tawakoni in 90’s but did not become abundant until heavy rains in 2007 provided the flow needed for successful spawning.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 
Moderate native vegetation, floating, submergent and emergent; some hydrilla in east lake.
Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Fishing maps are available from the City of Tyler Water Utility (903) 531-1169.

Aquatic vegetation is abundant in the upper end of both lakes. Tyler East has good stands of native vegetation and abundant hydrilla. Tyler West has less hydrilla than native plants; the species has not become problematic, perhaps due to water level fluctuation and seasonal consumption by waterfowl.


Although fishing in both lakes can be good all year, boating and personal watercraft activity can become very intense during summer months. Many anglers find that early morning and late evening are more peaceful times to fish

Directions to Lake: 

On Mud and Prairie creeks, southeast of Tyler off Texas 64.

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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Crouch Bait & Tackle
  • 1926 Fm-315 - Chandler, TX
  • (903) 849-4920
    Wilkerson Gro Bait & Tackle
  • New Salem - Henderson, TX
  • (903) 854-9453

Boat Rental

    White Oak Boats & Motors
  • 1801 E Us-80 - White Oak, TX
  • (903) 297-1800
    East Texas Boat World
  • 415 S Eastman Rd - Longview, TX
  • (903) 758-9755

Vacation Rental

    Lake Tyler Marina
  • 18183 Concession Rd - Whitehouse, TX
  • (903) 839-4800
    Comfort Suites at South Broadway Mall
  • 303 E Rieck Rd - Tyler, TX

Bar and Restaurant

    Hickory Fare Bar-B-Que
  • - Tyler, TX
  • (903) 561-8881
    Texas BBQ
  • 18776 Us-69 S - Tyler, TX
  • (903) 839-7964

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