Fishing at MacKenzie Lake, Texas

Mackenzie Lake is located 10 miles northwest of Silverton on Tule Creek, a tributary of the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River.


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This area is experiencing a drought which may affect fishing and boat ramp access. Before you go, check the current lake level or contact the controlling authority for current conditions.

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To prevent the spread of zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Get details.

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ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES

Largemouth bass are the most popular species in the reservoir. Most of the bass in the reservoir will be around 2-4 pounds with an occasional larger fish. Crappie are abundant in Mackenzie Reservoir.

Largemouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Crappie
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Sunfish


PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIES

Largemouth Bass (aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)
White Bass (aka Sand Bass, Barfish, Streaker, Silver Bass)
Hybrid Striped Bass
Blue Catfish (aka Channel Cat, Hump-back Blue)
Channel Catfish (aka Willow Cat, Forked-tail Cat, Fiddler, Spotted Cat, Lady Cat)
Flathead Catfish (aka Yellow Cat, Opelousa Cat, Pied Cat, Mississippi Cat, Mud Cat, Shovelhead Cat)
White Crappie (aka White Perch, Sac-a-lait)

Bass Identification Guide
Channel and Blue Catfish Identification Guide


TIPS & TACTICS

This reservoir typically has very low fishing pressure, so if you like fishing without the crowds, this may be your place. Fish the open lake and around the islands for hybrid striped bass with either live bait or baits that imitate shad. Four-inch white plastic worms can also be successful baits if fished on a leader 2-4 feet past the weight. Largemouth bass can be caught on a wide variety of baits depending on season and water conditions. The best season for bass fishing is spring when water temperatures reach about 55-60 degrees. Common lures for largemouth bass are plastic worms, spinner baits and crank baits. Bass anglers can target the areas of flooded timber and shallower arms of the reservoir for good catches. The steep sides of the main reservoir can make bass fishing a challenge. Try fishing along the sides of rock faces or allow your bait to sink vertically down the rock face. Good catches of crappie are frequently found around rock structure in the main reservoir and the flooded timber in the arms during the spring and fall. Crappie are best caught with jigs or minnows vertically fished around structure.


FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE

The reservoir was constructed in a steep canyon off the Caprock and therefore has very steep rocky sides. Most of the cover is rock and boulder with some areas of flooded timber in the coves. The steep sides of the canyon provide lots of protection, so the lake is a great place to fish on windy days.


AQUATIC VEGETATION

The reservoir has very little aquatic vegetation. Most of the structure is flooded timber and terrestrial vegetation.


FISHING REGULATIONS

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations: Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Bag and Length Limits

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This information courtesy of The Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department.
"Mackenzie Reservoir"
, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web. Jul-23-2014

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