Largemouth bass are popular at Pat Mayse Lake. Spotted bass provide additional action, but they are generally not as large. White bass and hybrid striped bass also provide excellent fisheries especially in the open water areas. Because hybrid stripers do not reproduce, they are stocked annually by TPWD to maintain the fishery. Crappie fishing is generally good, especially in the lake's abundant standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish are present, but channel catfish dominate and provide excellent sport fishing.
The upper third of Pat Mayse Lake, upstream from Lamar Point, is heavily timbered with numerous coves and cuts which provide excellent habitat for largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. Many of these coves also have margins of submerged and emergent vegetation. Rip rap on the dam provides opportunities for all species throughout the year.
Peak fishing for largemouth bass occurs during spring, mid-February through April, when anglers concentrate on fishing the shoreline in search of spawning fish. Popular baits include plastic worms and lizards, spinnerbaits, jigs and jerk baits. Schools of largemouth bass are targeted from late summer into fall using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and topwaters. Spotted bass (Kentucky spots), a small relative of the largemouth bass, are often caught by anglers fishing for largemouth bass in the lower lake.
During the spawning season, crappie are caught in shallow water around submerged trees and brush. Popular baits include live minnows and crappie jigs. Channel catfish can be caught by drift fishing or bank fishing. During their spawning season, late spring to early summer, catfish tend to concentrate along the rip-rap of the dam. They can be caught on a wide variety of baits including shrimp, stinkbaits, blood bait, liver, cut bait and earthworms. Pat Mayse Lake supports good populations of white bass and hybrid striped bass. Schooling fish can be caught using slabs, spoons, topwaters, sassy shads and lipless crankbaits. Anglers can often find these schools along the dam. Hybrids are often caught by trolling along major points using baits such as deep-diving crankbaits.
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