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Fishing & Hunting

SFA Fishing and Hunting

Outdoor Recreation

Fishing & Hunting

Let us lure you outdoors

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find a huge variety of fishing and hunting spots right here in the East Texas Piney Woods.

With 31 fishing lakes, some within 30 minutes of the SFA campus, anglers have a different option for every day of the month! You’ll find a variety of fish in the lakes surrounding Nacogdoches, but the area is especially well known for white bass, black bass and catfish.

And if you’re a hunter, you’re in the perfect place. The Piney Woods offers exceptional hunting, from white-tailed deer to birds and small game – even feral hogs. You’ll find a number of guided hunting services and outfitters in the area, too.

Nearby fishing spots

Nacogdoches and the surrounding area are packed with recreational fishing sites, from the many freshwater lakes to scenic rivers, reservoirs and creeks. Here are just a few of your many nearby options.

B.A. Steinhagen Lake

Boykin Springs

Caddo Lake

Houston County Lake

Kurth Reservoir

Lake Jacksonville

Lake Livingston

Lake Murvaul

Lake Palestine

Lake Pinkston

Lake Tyler

Nacogdoches Lake

Naconiche Lake

Ratcliff Lake

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Striker Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir

SFA Bass Club

Would you like some company while you fish? Want to put your skills to the test? Our Bass club is a great way to spend time with other anglers and compete with a winning organization. The SFA Bass Club has won two national championships in the past 10 years.

Our members participate in several fishing circuits at the collegiate level, including Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS), Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and BoatU.S. tournaments.

How much are dues?

Our dues vary by semester, but they’re usually $40.

When is practice?

All club members practice on their own; we don’t have dedicated club practices.

Do I need to own my own boat?

While it would be helpful, having your own boat is not a requirement. If you don’t own one, the club will pair you up with another member who does.

For information about joining, visit the Sport Club page.

Set your sights on Piney Woods hunting

When you’re in the Piney Woods, you have a vast selection of game to choose from and plenty of public hunting lands. East Texas is known for its many white-tailed deer, but you’ll also find waterfowl, doves, partridges, rabbits and hares, squirrels, bullfrogs, hogs and migratory game birds.

Public hunting lands

Here are just a few of the convenient locations within driving distance of campus.

Alabama Creek WMA Unit #904

Alazan Bayou WMA Blount Tract Unit #747E

Alazan Bayou WMA Old River Tract Unit #747W (accessible by boat only from the Angelina River)

Bannister WMA Unit #903


Campus Recreation
Fax: 936.468.7052

1817 Wilson Drive
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Outdoor Pursuits