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Bonham Lake is a small, very quiet lake, approximately 1,000 acres. Great fishing, boating, skiing and jet skiing. Docks are allowed on lake.
Location: Three miles northeast of Bonham off FM 898
Size: 1,020 acres
Maximum Depth: 30 feet
Date Impounded: 1969
Normal Water Clarity: Moderate
Water Level Fluctuation: Moderate
Conservation Pool Elevation: 565 ft. msl
Current Water Levels: City of Bonham
Aquatic Vegetation: Native emergent vegetation includes cattail, pond weed, and American lotus. Native submerged vegetation includes bushy pond weed and coontail.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Average water level variance? Moderate
Are they permitted? Yes, with restrictions
Are they permitted? Yes
Depth of Lake:
McKinney - 35 min, Dallas - 1 hr, Sherman 30 min
DFW, Dallas Love - both about an 1 hr 30 min
Building restrictions and requirements:
Yes, min. sq. ft brick exterior, etc.
Predominant Fish Species: Largemouth bass, channel and blue catfish, and crappie
Most of the shoreline is ringed with cattails which provide some cover for small fishes. Scattered boat houses also provide cover for largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish. There is a modest amount of standing timber and cut banks which provide habitat for catfish. Probably some of the best cover is provided by the 1.5 miles of rip-rap along the dam.
FISHING TIPS AND TACTICS
Fish the dam with spinner baits in the spring for largemouth bass. Spinner baits are also good in the many coves that are lined with cattails. The edges of the cattails hold lots of bass. Later on in the summer and into fall go to worms and crankbaits for bass. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and early spring. In the winter they are deep in schools near cover and in the spring they move into the shallow shoreline to spawn. Jigs or minnows are baits of choice. Channel and blue catfish fishing is best from late winter through the fall. Drift fish using liver, blood bait, crawfish, or cheese.
The Bonham City Lake Recreation Area on the east side of the lake has a public boat ramp, handicap access, and picnic and camping facilities. A second public ramp is available on the north shore. A boat permit is required.
Bonham State Park 1363 State Park 24
Bonham TX 75418-9285
A 261-acre park located in Fannin County northeast of Dallas. It includes a 65-acre lake, rolling prairies, and woodlands. There is (unsupervised) swimming and fishing in the man-made lake, built in 1935, as well as camping, picnicking, mountain biking, boating (5 mph speed limit).
Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; picnic sites (including one group picnic area); campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water; a group camp with barracks and a dining hall, which accommodates approximately 94 people (the facility is only rented as a single unit, not separately); an 11-mile trail for mountain biking and hiking; a playground; a launching ramp; a boat dock; and a lighted fishing pier.
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Nearby attractions include the Eisenhower State Park, Eisenhower Birthplace and Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Sites. Bonham attractions include Sam Rayburn Memorial Library, named in honor of Sam Rayburn, and the Sam Rayburn Home. Rayburn was a Fannin County native who held the office of U.S. Speaker of the House the longest period thus far. Also, the Fannin County Museum; Fort English Park; and the Fannin County Courthouse are located in Bonham.