Fishing In The City On Lake Grapevine

Lake Grapevine was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and has become a favorite spot for sport fishing in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Its 7,280 acres of water means fishermen and women, pro and amateur, have plenty of shoreline and can fish from a boat in their favorite sections of the lake. If you live in the western portion of DFW, Grapvine is a great place fish close to home. 

The Best Fishing Events at Lake Grapevine

It isn't as if one needs to fish to enjoy one’s time at Lake Grapevine, but if fishing is your thing, there’s no need to go any further than here. The lake is known for its large populations of largemouth bass, spotted and white bass, white crappie, channel catfish, and alligator gar. Denton Creek is popular for the spring sand bass and crappie run, and occassionally can be traveled by boat from the lake for miles upstream. 

Pro and amateur sport fishing enthusiasts alike ascend upon the lake for its bass fishing. The lake is abundant in different varieties of bass, including largemouth bass and sand bass. Because it is such a haven for bass fishing, the lake hosts tournaments throughout the year. You can also hire a fishing guide for a fun day on the water. 

The Best Kind of Fishing at Lake Grapevine

You don’t have to be a competition-level fisherman to fish at Lake Grapevine. With 61 miles of shoreline, the lake provides plenty of opportunity for fishing as well as picnicking and boat launches for those who want to go out and test the deeper waters. The lake has plenty of other amenities and activities, as well. Lake enthusiasts can enjoy the primitive camping, RV sites, campgrounds, cabins, hiking, marinas, and even hunting.

As the lake is a good fit for all levels of angler and topwater fishing, so too are jig heads. Jigs fit every angler and most types of fishing, but they’re made to sink, and made to keep the bait off the lake floor. However, varieties are also available that allow anglers to jig with a bobber, to rig on top of your lead head, or to put on a soft body and fish top of water. Jig heads are also available for fishing in current.

Texas rigs are very common at Lake Grapevine, then there are other go-to setups like crankbaits, spinners and swimbaits. If you want a competitive edge to your topwater fishing, add some floating jig heads to your tacklebox.

Lake Grapevine Has a Rich History

Since 1945, Lake Grapevine has been a great destination for all water sports enthusiasts. Over the years, it has grown into one of North Texas’ greatest destinations for sport fishing, especially bass.

Lake Grapevine is situated about 20 minutes northwest of Dallas. That makes it accessible to anyone within an hours drive of the DFW Metroplex as well as residents and visitors to anywhere in North Texas.

Whatever your outdoor passion, if you have an interest in the outdoors, Lake Grapevine has something for you. Perfect for family weekends and group gatherings, it’s also an excellent choice if you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and get closer to nature.

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Lake Grapevine Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Lake Grapevine Weather Forecast


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 88

Saturday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68


Thunderstorms Likely

Hi: 86

Sunday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 85

Monday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 87

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 69

Lake Grapevine Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/4: 535.03 (+0.03)

Lake Grapevine

Fishing Report from TPWD (May 31)

EXCELLENT. Water clear; 80 degrees; 0.07 feet above pool. White bass are in a transition and hard to pattern. Fish humps or midlake with jigging spoons. Watch for birds leading the way to suspended schools. Summer break is here and there is more boater traffic, so be sure to practice boater safety. Smallmouth bass reports are good in shallow water near rock, or on the shaded side of rocky points with soft plastics. Drift for catfish in the same areas as schooling white bass. Report by Omar Cotter, Luck O’ the Irish Fishing Guide Service.

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