City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

Fishing in the Lufkin Area
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Kurth Lake is a small 560 acre reservoir located six miles north of Lufkin off of Highway 59.   The lake is owned by the City of Lufkin and is open to the public with a City issued fishing permit.  Annual and 3-day permits may be purchased at City Hall during normal business hours (8–12 & 1-4 - Monday–Friday).


Kurth Lake also has a lodge which is available to rent.  Lodge rental is done through Engineering Services in room 250, Lufkin City Hall. 


You can print the below forms and take them to City Hall to purchase a fishing permit or to rent the lodge.

Kurth Lake Forms

Anglers are most successful at catching largemouth bass during the fall and spring months. Due to cooler water temperatures, fish are active for longer periods of the day and are typically found in shallow water. A variety of baits and techniques will work during these times. When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked over the vegetation will catch bass. During the hot summer, the bite slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning and late evening. Poppers and propeller baits are good topwater choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, bass concentrate in or around vegetation edges or seek refuge on deep creek channel ledges. During this time, plastic worms are the preferred bait. Anglers catch spotted bass all summer long on smaller finesse-type baits. Hybrid striped bass can be caught schooling around the dam and inflow structure. Topwaters and rattle traps are good choices for schooling fish. Sunfish, especially bluegill and redear sunfish, can be caught year-round but fishing peaks in late spring or summer when fish are on their spawning beds. Small jigs, spinners, and crickets all catch sunfish.  More information on Kurth Reservoir, is available on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Kurth Lake Feature from "Fishing and Hunting Texas" TV Show 2015