Fishing 512

The refuge is a popular destination for sports fishermen seeking catfish, sand bass, stripers, crappie, and pan fish year-round. 

Bank fishing along Big Mineral Creek, casting from the lake shoreline in Goode Day Use Area, along the sandy shores of Sandy Point, and from the oil pad access roads is common year-round. In addition, old livestock ponds located throughout the refuge are open from March 15 through September 30th annually.  To fish in refuge waters, license requirements and special regulations regarding species and numbers of fish that are legal to take are in accordance with State of Texas regulations. Note: it is illegal to harvest alligator gar from refuge waters during the month of May. Either a valid State of Texas Fishing License (valid September 1 – August 31 annually, $30 for residents) or a Lake Texoma Fishing License ($12 annually) is required.  For more information on regulations, please visit  

The refuge offers three boat launch ramps located at (1) the end of Tern Road; (2) the end of L Pad Road; and (3) the road between oil pad Roads A and B on the west side of the refuge. You may also wish to put in canoes or kayaks in the Goode Unit, however no ramp is provided.  NOTE: Airboats and jet skis are not permitted on the Refuge.
Refuge impoundments are closed to fishing and boating year-round. At the point where Big Mineral Creek joins Lake Texoma, Big Mineral Creek becomes a year-round no wake zone to the end of upstream navigable waters. Annually, from October 1 through March 14, only non-motorized boats are permitted in Big Mineral Creek from the point where it joins Lake Texoma to the upstream end of navigable waters. Launching is allowed from L Pad Road or by hand at the Big Mineral Day Use Area.

Friends of Hagerman host one or more kids fishing events each year. Please visit their website at for an updated list of events and programs.

 2019 Fishing and Boating Information

Hunting and Fishing Regulations