Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide-Tony Pennebaker

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide Service with Tony Pennebaker

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide Tony Pennebaker targets catfish year-round.  The Catfish Capital of Texas is Lake Tawakoni and our Trophy Blue Catfish Season starts in October and runs to March.  This East Texas impoundment also boasts a quality Eater Blue Catfish and Channel Catfish season from March to September.  If you want to catch Trophy Blue Catfish or fill up a cooler with your legal limit of Eater Channel Catfish,  book your trip with the top-rated Blue Catfish Guide on Lake Tawakoni today.

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide-Tony Pennebaker

Lake Tawakoni Fishing

Lake Tawakoni is 90 miles east of DFW Airport and the city of Wills Point is the gateway to this East Texas impoundment.  Lake Tawakoni was built in 1960 with the Iron Bridge Dam and covers 37,879-acres.  Lake Tawakoni is the Catfish Capital of Texas and boasts a great White Bass and Hybrid Striper fishery.

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Information

Location: Hunt / Rains / Van Zandt counties, Texas, US

Coordinates:  32°50′45″N 95°56′36″WCoordinates: 32°50′45″N 95°56′36″W
Type: Reservoir

Managing agency Sabine River Authority of Texas

First flooded October 1960

Surface area 37,879 acres (15,329 ha)

Water volume 926,000 acre-ft (1.142×109 m3)

Shore length1 200 mi (320 km)

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What kind of fish are in Lake Tawakoni?

Lake Tawakoni is famous for Trophy Blue Catfish from November to April each year.  Anglers travel from all over the world to catch a sixty-plus pound Blue Catfish on a rod and reel.  Here are the current Lake Tawakoni fishing records.

Why Fish Lake Tawakoni?

Lake Tawakoni has a great eater Blue Catfish and Channel Catfish season and this trifecta makes this East Texas reservoir the Catfish Capital of Texas.  We catch a lot of Striper, White Bass, and Hybrid Striper during our catfishing seasons.  Lake Tawakoni hybrid fishing is considered the best in the Southwest.  If you like to catch Crappie, Lake Tawakoni is very good and not much angling pressure.  A solid Largemouth fishery can be found on Lake Tawakoni as well.  Follow Lake Tawakoni Fish Species for more information.

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Guided Fishing Trips Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide Tony Pennebaker operates year-round and has been a full-time outfitter since 2012.  There are many Lake Tawakoni catfish fishing guides but no one pays attention to details like Tony.  We catch plenty of Striper, Hybrid Striper, and White Bass, but our focus is on Trophy Blue Catfish in the winter and Eater Catfish in the Spring and Summer.

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Seasons

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guides targets Trophy Blue Catfish from October to March.  We suggest booking 90 days in advance to secure your dates, we stay busy all winter long.  Our Trophy Blue Catfish trips on Lake Tawakoni average six hours and start at $ 325.00 per two anglers.  Follow Lake Tawakoni Blue Catfish Trip Rates for more information.

Eater Catfish Trips-Lake Tawakoni

Our Eater Catfish Trips start in March and will be one to ten-pound Blue Catfish then as the weather warms we will catch limits of Channel Catfish.  Just because we call these “Eater Trips” does not mean we can’t catch a Trophy Catfish.  Our rates start at $ 325.00 per two anglers and the average trip lasts 6 hours.  Follow Eater Catfish Rates for more information.

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Lake Tawakoni Fishing Spots

It’s not just about finding the good fishing spots on Lake Tawakoni! If it were that easy more folks would be Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guides. Our day starts very early, searching for live-bait. Fresh Gizzard Shad are the key to catching a Lake Tawakoni Trophy Blue Catfish. Rarely do we use frozen shad. Fresh cut Gizzard Shad catch more fish. Once we have enough shad for the day, its back to the marina to meet our clients.

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Clients are contacted the night before each trip with a meeting place and time. Summer Catfishing Trips, we generally meet at 6 AM CST at my boat slip at Tawakoni Marina. Our Trophy Blue Catfish trips in the winter will have a later start time. Once we have verified all anglers have a Texas Fishing License, the fun begins.

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Winter Blue Catfishing Trips will be more like hunting than Summer outings. Winter Blue Catfish is not easy and can take some time to locate the big schools of shad. Blue Catfish will move all winter long following big schools of shad.

Lake Tawakoni Catfishing-Drifting Bait

Drifting fresh cut gizzard shad will be the primary tactic used to find trophy Blue Catfish all winter. Summer catfishing on Lake Tawakoni will consist of anchoring up on baited holes. We enjoy Trophy Blue Catfish Trips and Eater Trips. Both seasons offer exciting action you and your family will enjoy.  Follow Lake Tawakoni Catfish Tips for more information.

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide-Tony Pennebaker
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Summer Eater Catfish Trips-Lake Tawakoni

What kind of boat do you use on your trips?

2014  24 ft  South Bay  Tritoon  150 Yamaha. Latest electronics. Plus Minn Kota 12 ft talons. 85 thrust Minn Kota i pilot

Lake Tawakoni Catfish Guide-Tony Pennebaker

Who needs a fishing license for Lake Tawakoni?

A license/package is not required for the following residents:

  • a person under 17 years of age.
  • a person born before January 1, 1931.
  • a person with an intellectual disability fishing as part of medically approved therapy, under the immediate supervision of personnel, approved or employed by a hospital, residence, or school for persons with an intellectual disability. The person with an intellectual disability must carry an authorization identifying the entity supplying the service. This authorization may be in the form of an identification card that contains the name of the sponsoring entity, or
  • a person with an intellectual disability fishing under the direct supervision of a licensed angler who is either a family member or has permission from the family to take the person fishing. While fishing, the person with an intellectual disability needs a note from a doctor stating the person has been diagnosed as having an intellectual disability. More information here.
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What do you provide on the Lake Tawakoni Catfish Trips?

We provide all the bait, rods, reels, lifejackets, boat, boat fuel, and fish catching fun.

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What do you we need to bring?

Please make sure you dress for the weather.  Light quick-drying clothes in the summer, and warm layers in the winter.  Please bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks.  Leave a big cooler in your car for the catfish fillets after the trip.  Please bring sunblock.  A day on Lake Tawakoni can be tough without sunblock.  Sunglasses and a hat will cut the glare on the water.  You will need a Texas Fishing License.  We will not depart the marina unless everyone has a valid fishing license.

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Where do we meet for our trip?

All my Lake Tawakoni Catfish Trips start and end at Tawakoni Marina.  I will call you the night before our trip and give you a start time.

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What are the Lake Tawakoni Fish Limits?

Here are the Lake Tawakoni Fish Limits for Catfish.

For blue and channel catfish, no minimum length limit; daily bag limit = 25 fish in any combination. Of the 25-fish bag, no more than seven can be 20 inches or longer, and no more than two of those can be 30 inches or longer. For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag = 5 fish.

We return all Blue Catfish over 15 pounds to make sure your great-grandkids can enjoy this great fishery.  If you are staying at one of our campgrounds and want to do some fishing on your own, the bank fishing Lake Tawakoni is great.  Here are some more options.

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Lake Tawakoni Fishing Pier

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Do You Require a Security Deposit For Trips?

Yes, we require a $ 100.00 refundable deposit for all trips.  Please follow Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide-Trip Policies for more information.

Lake Tawakoni Daily Fishing Report

We like to keep our clients and potential clients up to date on all the fishing conditions and how the catfish are biting each day.  For all of our past blog posts, please follow fishing report Lake Tawakoni Texas

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2201 East Rabbit Cove Road # 3
West Tawakoni, TX 75474


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Tony Pennebaker


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