Cooper Lake State Park
Near Cooper. (903) 945-5256.
Cooper Lake is a 19,000-acre impoundment with excellent fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, white and hybrid striped bass and crappie. Standing timber, brush piles, islands and fencerows provide structure for largemouth bass and crappie. White bass school in summer around main-lake points and humps. Fish for crappie within the park along “the wall” at the Heron Harbor day use area in the South Sulphur Unit.
Hybrid striped bass fishing peaks in the dog days of summer, and action often does not begin until mid-afternoon. You’ll find the stripers chasing shad over humps in the main lake in 20 to 30 feet of water. Use your electronics to find them, then drop slabs or other minnow-imitating lures into the pack and hang on.