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Lake Amon G. Carter
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Lake Amon G. Carter Information:
This lake is two very different lakes. The original lake was impounded in 1956 on Big Sandy Creek and features a rocky shoreline, main lake points, cattail beds, and some standing timber in the upper end. It stays muddy and the fish stay shallow. The newer 500 acre lake was created by constructing another dam in 1985. This newer portion of the lake has a large amount of standing timber and some weed beds along the shoreline, and the water is normally clear. The two lakes are joined by a 20 foot lake channel. The maximum depth is 50 feet. The City of Bowie is the reservoir controlling authority. The lake is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Bowie, Texas on FM 1125 and FM 2583.  
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Lake Location Map 
TPWD Public Access Facilities Map 
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Big Sandy Creek in Clay County:
This creek rises a mile northwest of Newport in southern Clay County. It flows east for approximately 40 miles through Montague and Wise Counties. The creek is impounded in southwestern Montague County to form Lake Amon G. Carter. Below the lake the creek passes within 2 miles of Alvord and then joins the West Fork of the Trinity River 5 miles east of Bridgeport in central Wise County.
 
Selma Park on Lake Amon G. Carter:
Amenities include a boat ramp that accommodates all boat types, courtesy docks, picnic areas, 15 RV sites with water and electric hookups, 21 RV sites with electric hookups, screened shelters, a playground, a swimming pier, a beach area, restrooms, public showers, and parking. Open year round; no fees apply. The boat ramp is operated by the City of Bowie. (214) 773-9289. The park is located off SH 59. From SH 59 south of Bowie, go south on FM 2583 to the lake.  Lake Access Map  Email
 
Big Sandy Creek Boat Ramp on Lake Amon G. Carter:
Amenities include a boat ramp that accommodates all boat types, courtesy docks and parking. Open year round; no fees apply. The boat ramp is operated by the City of Bowie. (940) 872-1114. The boat ramp is located off FM 1125.   
 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
 
Montague County Bird Checklist:
Texas Birds Checklist
Osage Plains Bird Checklist
 
Fishing Lake Amon G. Carter:
Predominant fish species include channel catfish, largemouth bass and crappie. The best time to fish for largemouth bass is in the spring and fall. Fish for catfish in June, especially if there is a little runoff from spring rains. Crappie fishing is good during the winter and spring. Click on the above link for detailed fishing tips and tactics. Lake maps may be available from the Bowie Chamber of Commerce at 309 N. Smythe Street; (940) 872-1173.
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ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600.  Official Weigh and Holding Stations