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Lake Somerville Fishing: What You Need to Know

December 9th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Lake Somerville fishing

Lake Somerville / Photo By Samuel Huckins via Flickr

One of the favorite activities among our guests here at the Murski Homestead is to make the short 25 minute drive out to Somerville, TX to do some Lake Somerville Fishing. If you’re an avid fisherman then this is an experience you don’t want to miss. The beautiful green bordered lake and outstanding angling opportunity are unmatched in the region. Much more than fishing, Somerville Lake has many different recreational activities so you can bring the whole family and make a day of it!

Somerville Lake Fishing is allowed along the shores of all the parks and on the spillways. There are 11 boat ramps around the lake, with the closest one to the town of Somerville being at Welch Park. You can launch a boat for just $3 a day, or you can purchase an annual pass at Rocky Creek or Yegua Creek Parks for just $30 a year.  This pass allows you free entry to any of the US Army Corps of Engineer day-use areas at which there are great beaches.

The lake is 11,456 acres and averages 38 feet of depth. It was impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1967 and is managed by them to this day. Since 1973 they have been stocking the lake with various species of fish every few years, ensuring its stellar angling status. The lake has very little shoreline cover or structure, though when the water is high the flooded border vegetation is the main cover available to fish.

The primary sport fish in Lake Somerville is Largemouth Bass, with great catches up to 10 lbs. White and Hybrid Striped Bass are also present in the lake, though less prevalent than their sister species. Other angling fish are Catfish, Crappie, and Sunfish. The fishing is best during the springing spawning season, but is great all year round.

If you’re a serious bass fisherman consider heading out for of the annual fishing tournaments on Lake Somerville. The Brazos Valley API Bass Tournament is always a favorite. The Bryan Bass Club will have its monthly meeting at Lake Somerville on July 19th and 20th this year, and the first State Championship Tournament will take place mid-March.

If you don’t have your own boat and want to get out on the lake you can hire a favorite area guide through Fish Tales Guide Service. Owner and guide, Weldon Kirk, will take you out for the true local experience of Lake Somerville fishing. Weldon has over 50 of years experience fishing on the region’s waters, and will send you home with both tales and tails.

If you’re in the area to do some fishing, there are many other things that you can enjoy once you put down the poles. If you are bringing a boat then this a great spot for water skiing or wake boarding. Getting out for a paddle in a canoe or kayak is a great way to explore the shorelines and get some exercise. If you’re an all-around outdoors person then you’ll want to consider coming during hunting season, because the game here is big!

If you haven’t already booked your stay here at Murski Homestead, and love fishing, then we would love for you to come for a visit. Our famous breakfasts will be a great way to start off your day on the lake.

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