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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish at Martin Creek Lake in East Texas.

Martin Creek Lake, TX

An excellent lake to take a kid sunfish fishing, Martin Creek Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Tatum. Bass and catfish are the main attraction, and the lake also has a reasonable population of crappie. A four-lane boat launch at the state park accommodates all boats including pleasure boats, ski boats and pontoons, plus bass boats a variety of other fishing boats.

Martin Creek Lake, located in East Texas, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a rewarding angling experience. The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities, attracting anglers of all skill levels. Largemouth bass is the prized target for many fishermen at Martin Creek Lake. With its submerged structure, boat docks, and brush piles, the lake provides an ideal habitat for bass, making it a favorite spot for bass fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can also target other popular species such as catfish, crappie, and sunfish, ensuring a diverse and exciting fishing adventure.

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One can portage canoes and kayaks from numerous places around the lake. Other than the parks, there is little access to the shoreline (approximately 40 miles of shoreline) for fishing from the bank. Little or no aquatic vegetation exists, so fish and baitfish are forces to hide in the limited brush and rocky shorelines around the lake.

Primary fish species residing in Martin Creek Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish

Martin Creek Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is a favored activity on Martin Creek Lake, as the lake's calm waters and scenic surroundings make it an ideal setting for water-based fun. Whether it's leisurely cruising, water skiing, or fishing from a boat, there is ample space for boaters to enjoy their preferred activities. Martin Creek Lake features boat ramps, ensuring easy access for boating enthusiasts. The peaceful ambiance and picturesque landscapes of the lake create a delightful environment for boating adventures.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Martin Creek Lake State Park Boat Ramp
Located in the northern section of the lake, off Highway 43, this is a multi-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping is a popular pastime at Martin Creek Lake, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area and enjoy a peaceful retreat. The lake provides several campgrounds, accommodating both tent and RV campers. Campers can relax amidst the serene ambiance, enjoy nature walks, and spend evenings by campfires beneath the starry sky. Camping at Martin Creek Lake allows visitors to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with the tranquility of the outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Martin Creek Lake State Park Campground - 903 836-4336

Amazing Texas RV Resort and Campground - 903 836-4444

Martin Creek Lake TX Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Martin Creek Lake
Martin Creek Lake State Park
9515 County Road 2181D
Tatum, TX 75691-3425
903 836-4336


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Martin Creek Lake in East Texas.

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Martin Creek Lake offers largemouth bass, blue catfish and channel catfish fishing in East TX.

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