Lake Whitney's reputation as a premier center for bass fishing is a big draw for the nation's fishing enthusiast. Field and Stream magazine, in May 2004, ranked a lakeside resort here as one of "the top 5 places in the U.S. to eat, sleep, and live bass". American Angler Magazine ranked Lake Whitney #1 in Texas and #53 in the world for fishing.
In 1955, Lake Whitney was the site of the first bass fishing tournament, sponsored by a local newspaper. This event has received State Historical Commission recognition. Today, there are numerous tournaments throughout the season.
Bass are not the only kind of fish that anglers find in Lake Whitney. Among the types of fish caught here are
- Bass - largemouth, spotted, smallmouth, white and striped
- Catfish - blue, channel, and flathead
- Crappie - white, and black
Local fishing guides know when and where the fish are biting, and are available for those who want to take advantage of their expertise. In addition, Texas Parks and Wildlife maintains a fishing report with current conditions at Lake Whitney.