History of Lake Fork

Lake Fork is a reservoir located in Wood, Rains, and Hopkins counties in the state of Texas, United States. It was impounded in 1980 by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and has since become known for its excellent bass fishing.

Prior to the impoundment of the lake, the area was primarily used for farming and ranching. The Sabine River Authority began construction of the dam in 1975, and the lake was officially completed and filled in 1980.

The creation of Lake Fork was controversial, as it required the relocation of many residents and the flooding of farmland and historic sites. The lake was also initially criticized for its lack of biodiversity, as it was stocked primarily with Florida strain largemouth bass to promote sport fishing.

Despite these controversies, Lake Fork quickly gained a reputation as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country. In the years since its creation, numerous professional fishing tournaments have been held on the lake, and many anglers have reported catching trophy-sized bass weighing over 10 pounds.

Today, Lake Fork is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists. It is also home to a number of resorts, marinas, and other businesses that cater to visitors to the area. While it remains a subject of controversy, Lake Fork has become an important part of the cultural and economic landscape of East Texas