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Hopkins, Rains, Wood
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Pineywoods
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Lake Fork
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Lake Fork Information:
Lake Fork is located on Lake Fork Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River. It was impounded in 1980. This 27,690 surface acre lake has a maximum depth of 70 feet, and 315 miles of shoreline. The lake is the premier bass fishing lake in the nation. It has produced 35 of the top 50 largemouth bass in Texas, and 15 of the top 20. TPWD stocks the lake with Florida strain black bass. Fishing for white or black crappie is as popular as bass fishing. There is also a large supply of channel catfish, white bass and bluegill. Largemouth bass and crappie at Lake Fork are subject to special regulations. The land under the lake is heavily timbered so beware of hazards and follow the approximately 5,000 acres of cleared boat lanes. There is also an open area near the dam. The major creek tributaries are Lake Fork Creek, Caney Creek, Birch Creek, and Little Caney Creek. The Sabine River Authority owns and operates the lake, and manages one public lake park. There are approximately 25 commercial marinas located on the lake, though most do not have fuel docks. Lake Fork is located 80 miles east of the Dallas and Fort Worth area, 90 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, a few miles from Alba, Emory and Yantis, 5 miles west of Quitman, and 15 miles south of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Lake Tawakoni is located west of Lake Fork, with the town of Emory the midpoint between the two lakes.
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Lake Fork Creek:
Lake Fork Creek, a major tributary of the Sabine River, rises in the southeastern corner of Hunt County and flows in an easterly direction for 78 miles to its confluence with the Sabine River eight miles southeast of Mineola. Lake Fork is impounded on the creek.
 
Sabine River:
The 555 mile long Sabine River rises in three branches, the Cowleech Fork, the Caddo Fork, and the South Fork. A fourth branch known as the Lake Fork of the Sabine or Lake Fork Creek, joins the main stream forty miles downstream from the junction of the other three branches. The Cowleech Branch rises in northeast Hunt County and flows southeast for 35 miles to its confluence with the Caddo and South Forks to form the Sabine River Proper. The Caddo Fork rises in two forks, the East and West Caddo Forks; these forks unite in the southern part of Hunt County. The South Fork rises in the southwestern part of Hunt County and flows east for 18 miles to join the Caddo and Cowleech Forks. From this point the Sabine River flows southeast, forming the boundaries between Rains and Van Zandt, Van Zandt and Wood, Wood and Smith, and Smith and Upshur Counties. After crossing most of Gregg County, the river forms portions of the county lines between Gregg and Harrison, Harrison and Rusk, and Harrison and Panola counties before it bends more sharply across Panola County. At the thirty-second parallel in the southeastern corner of Panola County the Sabine becomes the state boundary between Texas and Louisiana, and thus the eastern boundary of Shelby, Sabine, Newton, Orange, and Jefferson Counties. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the river between the boundaries of Louisiana and Texas. The Sabine River empties into Sabine Lake which is formed by the confluence of the Neches and the Sabine Rivers; the lake is drained by Sabine Pass into the Gulf of Mexico. Management of the river and watershed is overseen by the Sabine River Authority of Texas.  Fish Stocking History     
 
November 29, 2015
Invasive Giant Salvinia Found in Lake Fork:
Invasive Giant Salvinia was recently found in the Chaney Branch of Lake Fork and in a small cove located west of the dam. The Giant Salvinia weed chokes out native vegetation, shades waters and reduces the oxygen level needed for fish. The Sabine River Authority (SBA) and the TPWD physically removed Salvinia plants and have isolated the infested area with a floating boom. TPWD will be spraying the infected area with a chemical treatment. The SBA has also closed the Chaney Point South and Secret Haven boat ramps and is warning boaters to stay away from the above infested areas. Please clean your boat when leaving any Texas water body, and please read the below paragraph for more information on invasive species.
 
TPWD Alert - Invasive Species Are Infecting Texas' Water Bodies:
Exotic and invasive fish , shellfish, and aquatic plants are invading Texas’ rivers, lakes, ponds, and the Texas Gulf, and are competing with Texas’ native species for food and space. A sampling of these invasive species that are causing problems in Texas is listed here. The invasive Giant Salvinia, a popular aquarium plant, has been found in Texas in water bodies in Friendswood, Alvin, Houston, League City, Channelview, and Mont Belvieu, and has also been found in Caddo Lake, Sheldon Lake State Park, the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Fork. Giant Salvinia spreads rootless in chains on water surfaces and chokes out native vegetation, shades waters and reduces the oxygen level needed for fish. Report all sightings of Giant Salvinia. The invasive Hydrilla plant has invaded Lake Austin, and threatens recreation, navigation, and water intake pipes. The city has stocked the lake with sterile Grass Carp which has reduced the problem. The invasive Plecostomus (Sucker Fish) have also been found in Texas’ water bodies. This is a popular aquarium fish which when released into the wild multiplies fast, and grows large. Another invasive fish is the Lionfish. This fish is also a popular aquarium fish. The fish has few predators and it feeds on small crustaceans and small fish, including snapper and grouper young. Each fish can spawn every four days and produce up to two million eggs a year. In their natural habitat in the South Pacific, natural predators keep the Lionfish population down, but in U.S. waters they have no natural predators. To date, the invasive Lionfish has infected and threatened the waters of the U.S. Atlantic Coast. More recently, invasive lionfish have been found in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Galveston. NOAA researchers have concluded that the Lionfish can’t be eliminated by conventional methods and the population will continue to grow. Zebra Mussels, an invasive shellfish, have infested several Texas lakes. Zebra Mussels spread by hitching rides on trailers and boats. They spread rapidly in water bodies and damage boats by encrusting hulls, clogging the boats’ water systems, and clogging air conditioners and heads. They cause navigation buoys to sink, and damage city water supplies by colonizing inside water pipelines. They take over habitats from other native species. Zebra Mussels have been found in Lakes Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport, Lavon, and Belton. There have been isolated infestation cases of them in Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Grapevine, Lake Fork, Lake Tawakoni, the Red River below Lake Texoma, the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, and Sister Grove Creek. Each mussel can produce up to one million invisible larvae.
 
On May 22, 2104, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a new regulation requiring all boats operating on Texas’ public fresh waters be drained before leaving or approaching a lake or river in order to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.”
 
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has also enacted regulations making it illegal for boaters to enter or leave North and Central Texas water bodies without draining all water from their boats and onboard receptacles including wells, ballast, and engine cooling water. Boaters should remove all plants, animals, and mud from their equipment, boats and trailers, and thoroughly wash everything, including crevices and hidden areas. Boats and trailers should be allowed to completely dry before entering other waters. If your boat has been in infested waters for extended periods of time, clean it with high pressure water greater than 140 degrees before entering other waters. Click for more information. Fish Aquarium owners can do their part by not dumping aquarium fish and aquarium waters into Texas’ water bodies, and by not flushing invasive species down the commode.   
 
Lake Fork Directions:
Lake Fork is located 80 miles east of the Dallas and Fort Worth, 90 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, a few miles from Alba, Emory and Yantis, 5 miles west of Quitman, and 15 miles south of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Lake Tawakoni is located west of Lake Fork, with the town of Emory the midpoint between the two lakes.