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A 13,000-acre impoundment on the West Fork of Trinity River. Swimming, excellent year-round fishing, campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, launching ramps and services at lakeside. Site of 3,000-acre Sid Richardson Boy Scout Camp, largest wilderness Scout camp in Texas. Four miles west of Bridgeport, off U.S. 380; also accessible from Decatur. - Texas Dept of Transportation Guide Book
Location: On the West Fork Trinity River in Jack and Wise counties, off US Highway 380
Size: 13,000 acres
Date Impounded: 1932, renovated in 1972 with a new spillway
Texas Parks & Wildlife Fishing Report
One Stop of Texas (Fishing Bait)
940-575-2811, Bridgeport, TX 76426
Predominant Fish Species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Most fishes are currently managed under statewide regulations. The exception is largemouth bass, which has a 14-18-inch slot length limit (only largemouth bass 14 inches long and less or 18 inches long and longer may be retained). Daily bag limit for all black bass species is 5 in any combination; for example, 3 largemouth bass and 2 smallmouth bass, or 1 largemouth bass, 3 spotted bass, and 1 smallmouth bass.
Most of Lake Bridgeport's 170-mile shoreline is good bass habitat, with 7 miles of rip-rap, 90 miles of boulders, and many coves and points. Near the Lakeview Lodge on the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, near Windy Point, Captain Kidd Point, and Steele Island, there are submerged gravel piles that were deposited when the West Fork Trinity River flowed free and uncontrolled. These piles provide excellent habitat for white bass and black basses. Floating pondweed, cattails, and bulrush make up the vegetative cover.
FISHING TIPS AND TACTICS
Crappie are caught most often when the fish school around structure in deep water in the winter and in the spring when they come into shallow water to spawn. Many main-lake points, ledges, and channels provide excellent wintertime habitat. In spring, two of the best spots for crappie are Bean Creek and Big Creek. Fish year round with minnows or jigs. Channel catfish are best in the spring when tributaries are running, and again in summer when the fish concentrate atop submerged flats and can be drift-fished with shrimp or cut bait. Similar baits pay off during inflow during the spring and summer.
White bass fishing is best during the spring spawning run. All main-lake points and any inflowing tributaries are especially good producers. In summer you are likely to see white bass anywhere: in front of the dam, near Rattlesnake Island in open water, and around submerged gravel piles. Best baits here are surface lures, plastic shad, small spoons, jigs, and live minnows or shad. Hybrid striped bass are attracted to similar locations and baits. In winter, hybrids can usually be found feeding on shad and drawing the attention of hundreds of sea gulls.
Black basses in this lake include largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass. They can be caught almost year round, but spring and fall are tops for action. For trophies, try fishing in February and March. Effective baits in spring include a Carolina Rig worm or 6-inch lizard, a Texas rigged worm (7-inch variety), and crankbaits. On into summer, jig and pig, spoons, Texas rigged worms, and crankbaits work well. In fall, try crawfish mimicking baits, spinners, and jigs in turbid and shallow water. Roll a spinner bait, bump a crankbait, or dabble a Texas rigged worm over one of the submerged gravel humps and you better be holding to something solid.
Bills Dollar Store Marine Service - 817 683-5849
Runaway Bay Marina and Sports Center
940-683-5165, 2770 W US highway 380, Bridgeport, TX 76426-4656
Fort Richardson State Historical Park
Facilities: There are screened shelters; campsites with water and electricity; hike-in primitive sites; picnic sites; a lighted group picnic pavilion; restrooms with and without showers; volleyball court; horseshoe pits; a trailer dump station; Prickly Pear Trail for hiking in the open prairie land for 2 miles; a nature walk, which follows Lost Creek for 1/4 mile; the Lost Creek Reservoir 10-mile hike, bike and equestrian trail; Swimming beach on Lost Creek Reservoir, and a Texas State Park Store. Fishing is allowed in the 8-acre Quarry Lake located by park headquarters.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Sid Richardson Boy Scout Camp
940-575-4243, 998 P R 1706, Bridgeport, TX 76426
940-683-2555, Bridgeport, TX 76426
Local Area Businesses
Bridgeport is located in North Central Texas in Wise County at the crossroads of US 380 and Texas 114. Bridgeport and the adjoining Lake Bridgeport feature numerous recreational facilities and attractions, with notables such as: Methodist Conference Center, Wise County Park, Runaway Bay (a planned resort and community), and Sid Richardson Boy Scout Ranch--all on Lake Bridgeport with water skiing, fishing, swimming, boat ramps, marinas, picnic and camping areas. Two golf courses reside in the area, as well as tennis courts, baseball fields, two city parks and a city swimming pool. A multi-use recreational complex is benefited from, along with sports fields for youth and adults.
Diamond D Welding & Design, Custom Marine Structures
(817) 657-4777, Box 124, Roanoke, TX Joe Dakan (email@example.com)
Bridgeport Country Club
940-683-5614, Bridgeport, TX 76426
North Side Marina and Resort
Jeanne and Alan Kennedy
North Side Marina and Resort offers several services
to Lake Bridgeport residents and visitors including:
- On the water 24 hour pay at the pump gas
- Covered Boat Slip
- Waterfront Cottage rentals
- Lake Log Cabin Sales on Marina property
- Boat Rentals
- Ship's Store
North Side Marina and Resort is located at the North End of Lake Bridgeport in the Blockers camp cove.