The Catfish Capital of Texas

In 2001, the Texas Legislature declared West Tawakoni the “Catfish Capital of Texas.” West Tawakoni is the “Catfish Capital” of Texas for a good reason. We are located on the west side of Lake Tawakoni which boasts some of the biggest blue cats in the south, and has on more than one occasion produced multiple 5 fish stringers over 200lbs! Lake Tawakoni boasts 225 miles of shoreline, with a large abundance of Crappie, Black Bass, Sand Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Bass which of course help feed its “MONSTER” Catfish.

Demographics (source: wikipedia)

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,462 people, 600 households, and 384 families residing in the city. The population density was 696.9 people per square mile (268.8/km²). There were 759 housing units at an average density of 361.8 per square mile (139.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.30% White, 0.07% African American, 2.39% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 1.85% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.31% of the population.

There were 600 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.5 males.

Lake Tawakoni (source: wikipedia)

is a is a 37,879-acre reservoir located in Northeast Texas approximately 45 miles (85 km) east of Dallas, Texas. It lies within three Texas counties, Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt. It is used for water supply and recreation. It is under the Sabine River Authority and the original headwaters of the Sabine are converged under the lake surface.

The reservoir was constructed in 1960 with the Iron Bridge Dam. The area was chosen due it’s location to the growing Dallas area and the growth east of the city and it’s respective suburbs. The South Fork, Cowleech Fork, and Caddo Forks that all formed the Sabine River headwaters are now submerged under the lake and the Lake now serves as the headwaters of the Sabine. It covers 36,700 acres (149 km²) and has a storage capacity of 926,000 acre feet (1.142×109 m3) at conservation pool level.[1] It is owned by the Sabine River Authority of Texas.

The Lake has a diverse array of wildlife. It features deer, feral hogs, snakes, raccoons, bobcats, and over 200 species of birds. Sightings of the American alligator in certain areas of the lake have not been uncommon. The lake mainly has post oak hardwood timber and plants native to the Texas Blackland Prairies