Bird Watching

Wright Patman ranked among the best Thanksgiving fishing spots

NORTHEAST TEXAS – Lake Wright Patman is gaining recognition as one of the best lakes in the country to fish during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wright Patman was recently named one of the 11 Best Thanksgiving Fishing Spots, according to

“This time of year, we’ve always seen an uptick in our campgrounds,” said Matt Seavey, Wright Patman Lake Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers. “They come here for fishing and family tours.”

Seavey said Wright Patman brings more than a million visitors a year to the lake area.

“A lot of people don’t realize that. It provides a pretty good economic boom for a lot of local shops and businesses,” he said.

The lake grounds have over 20,000 acres of water and twice as many acres of surrounding land. Each campground has its own boat launch for easy access to the lake.

The waters are home to fish such as largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, blue catfish and more. Seavey said the diversity of fish available at Wright Patman is very important in attracting anglers to the area.

“I’ve noticed a lot of people fishing and one fish doesn’t bite, they’ll just move on to another. So that gives them a better opportunity to catch something,” Seavey said.

He said many people also come to the lake area for bird watching at this time of year.

“Especially off season, we get a lot of snowbirds from a lot of different states to winter here,” Seavey said. “We attract pelicans and lots of other migratory birds to the area. And of course also ducks for the duck hunters.”

Seavey said lake staff are trying to increase recreational opportunities at Wright Patman, hoping to add a disc golf course soon, in addition to other features.

“Every year there are just little different things that happen here. We always try to be part of the community,” he said.

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