Fishing

While there are many areas around Lake Meredith's shores to fish, easily accessible areas include the docks at Sanford-Yake and Spring Canyon. Other good fishing spots are the shores of Harbor Bay, Cedar Canyon, Chimney Hollow, or Bugbee Canyon.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has information on licenses and other regulations.

 
Young fisherman fixing at Sanford Yake at Lake Meredith on a sunny day.  The water and sky are light blue.
Young fisherman in action at Sanford Yake

NPS Photo

 
Two fishing poles on the dock at Sanford Yake on a sunny morning.
Two Fishing Poles on the dock at sunrise

NPS Photo

Freshwater Devices & Restrictions

Game fish may be taken only by pole and line (including rod and reel).
Channel, blue, and flathead catfish also may be taken with a trotline, jugline, or throwline.

It is unlawful to:

  • Leave fish to die (you must keep the fish for food or bait, or return it to the water).
  • Take, attempt to take, or possess fish within a protected length limit, in greater numbers than indicated in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual.
  • Use game fish or any part thereof as bait.
  • Use airboats or jet driven devices to pursue and harass or harry fish.
  • Release into the public water of this state a fish with a device or substance implanted or attached that is designed, constructed or adapted to produce audible, visual, or electronic signals used to monitor, track, follow or in any manner aid in the location of the released fish.
  • Sell, possess, or use the rudd minnow (commonly called red fin minnow, red-tailed minnow, or red spotted minnow)
  • To fish with more than 100 hooks on all devices combined.
  • To refuse a game warden permission to inspect wildlife resources in an automobile, game bag, or other container.
  • To use a gill, trammel or hoop nets in the waters of Lake Meredith.

Definitions:

Jugline - a fishing line with five or less hooks tied to a free-floating device. Gear tag must be attached within six inches of the free-floating device and marked with the date set out. For non-commercial purposes, a jugline must be marked with a white free-floating device.

Gear tag - a tag made of material as durable as the device to which it is attached. A gear tag must be clearly legible and show the name and address of the person using the device and the date the device is set out.
For freshwater trolleys, the gear tag is valid for 30 days.

Trotline - a fishing line with more than 5 hooks attached and with one end attached to a fixture.
The gear tag is valid for 30 days.

Against the law in these cases:

  • a mainline greater than 600 feet
  • hooks spaced less than 3 horizontal feet apart
  • metallic stakes
 

SPECIES

DAILY BAG

POSSESSION

LENGTH IN INCHES (minimum)

Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth

5
(any combination)

10

14"

Bass: White/Sand

25

50

10"

Catfish: Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, their hybrids & subspecies

25
(any combination)

50
(any combination)

12"

Catfish: Flathead

5

10

12"

Crappie: White and Black crappie, their hybrids and subspecies

25
(any combination)

50
(any combination)

10"

Trout: Rainbow and Brown trout, their hybrids and subspecies

5
(any combination)

10
(any combination)

No Limit

Walleye

5
(only 2 can be less than 16" in length)

10
(only 2 can be less than 16" in length)

No Limit

Last updated: January 22, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 1460

Fritch , TX 79036

Phone:

806 857-3151

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