LEWISVILLE FISHING BARGE
In all honesty, I haven’t been fishing since I was about ten. My friends who fish love being outdoors…rain or shine. Me, I’m more an inside kind of hobbyist, so when I had the chance to take an early morning fishing trip at the Lewisville Fishing Barge, I thought it could be fun. The rustic indoor/outdoor convenience fishin’ hole on Lake Lewisville’s been around since 1957. Off Interstate 35, I found the well-marked signage in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Down a driveway to a gravel parking lot, then on foot down a ramp that bobs with the lake, and I was there.
Original owner Joe Jagoe, Sr. envisioned a temperate fishing paradise, cool in the summer and warm in the winter, where grandparents could bring their grandkids and everyone could catch as many bass and crappie as they could. Some things have changed since then, but the Barge is still open all day, every day, and you can stay as long as you want.
On my visit during a stormy spring day, I could see why people love the place. I had to fight the ducks with their ducklings to get into the building, as even the waterfowl were appreciating the shelter of the barge’s porch. It was raining slantwise and there were whitecaps on the lake, but the folks in the barge –– mostly single guys, but a few families –– were dry and definitely happy. And the fish were unquestionably biting.
Tanner Wilson said he’d been fishing since early morning, and even on a day when the lake was rough, he caught three crappie. Although he fishes elsewhere, Wilson says he likes the enclosed barge. “I like to sit back and relax,” he said, pointing to the mismatched office chairs.
I don’t have equipment, but I could rent or buy what I needed on the Barge. A fishing pole ran me $10. Bait’s available as well. An 80s-era Pepsi machine will keep you stocked in cold drinks, but you can also bring your own cooler, although no glass containers are allowed.
Back in 1957, the Barge also included a restaurant which apparently made“the best burgers anywhere,” according to my new friends around hole number three. Sadly, that’s gone, but the nostalgic enjoyment of early morning fishing remains.
Featured Image Courtesy: Lewisville CVB