Bob Sandlin
Mount Pleasant, TX
Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
9,400 acres and 75 miles of shoreline


Brief Overview:

Review of Lake Bob Sandlin

Lake Bob Sandlin is a relatively small lake, 9400 acres, and it's easy to cruise the whole lake in less than a couple hours.  Most of the shoreline is treed and there are some sections of the lake that are developed with some huge beautiful homes. 

The lake is primarily known for fishing - fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie is good and it's excellent for white bass.  Several section of the lake, particularly at the west end have standing timber that you need to watch out for. 

You should be able to find some water to board in one of the coves, there are a couple good options for camping including Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, and there are some options for lodging around the lake. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

We have visited Lake Bob Sandlin once and the sole purpose was to check it out for this review, explore the lake, and see if there is anything fun to see and do nearby.   We launched at their ramp and within a couple hours had cruised most of the lake - found the party cove, cruised by the Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, cruised by the party cove (which was empty because it was Wednesday), saw some beautiful big homes, and found a calm cove to swim, have a beer, and play some dominos.  Then headed back to have some Mexican food in nearby Pittsburg.  

The next day we went in search of fun things to see and do nearby - not much luck!  We had a great breakfast at Earls, cruised through the State Park (read our review of Lake Bob Sandlin State Park), rode by some unique metal artwork that someone said we had to see, had a burger at Barefoot Bay Marina, and dinner at a very good Italian restaurant CiboVino, in nearby Winnsboro

Not a real exciting couple of day! 

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Other Cool Things To Do:

As mentioned earlier, we couldn't find a lot to see and do on or nearby Lake Bob Sandlin.  Pittsburg is 5 miles from Barefoot Bay Marina and it has a couple restaurants, a Heritage Museum, and a cute town square.  It's known for it's hot links.  

Mt Pleasant is about 10 miles from Barefoot and it doesn't have much more.  

There are a couple of nearby 9 hole golf courses - use this golf map to find them.  

Check out our map of Lake Bob Sandlin to find some other things to see and do on the lake.

Let us know about your experiences on or near Lake Bob Sandlin.

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What To Do If No Boat:

We understand that you can rent a boat from one place that delivers the boat.  Still checking it out

Nearby Activities:

See above.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

Earls, which is five miles off the lake, was building a stage and planning on having their first event that weekend.  Barefoot Bay Marina is also building a deck at the marina and will have karaoke and live music occasionally.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

There are a couple coves that based on how the wind is blowing will be ok for boarding, tubing, or skiing.  Watch closely for stumps.


Angling Opportunities

Lake Bob Sandlin offers many quality options when pursuing sportfish. The largemouth bass population is moderately abundant with good numbers of legal-size fish available for harvest. Spotted bass are present but at low densities. White bass is a popular species with high numbers of quality size fish. Channel catfish in recent years have become more abundant across all size classes, and there are plenty of good-sized fish available for harvest. Good numbers of legal size crappie are present and provide good fishing opportunities. Redear sunfish, the dominant sunfish species in the lake, are moderately abundant and also showing good sizes.

Fishing Cover & Structure

Natural habitat is present in the form of inundated timber and aquatic vegetation. There are also numerous boat docks and fishing piers.

Above is thanks to Texas Parks & Wildlife

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

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Ramps & Marinas

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park has boat ramps. 

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Texas Outside Lakes Rating Scale

Texas Outside rates lakes on a 1 to 10 scale based on:

  • Beauty: high scores are given for lots of trees, hills, or pretty houses
  • Water Clarity: if you’re standing in two feet of water and can’t see your toes or the water has a deep brown color, we’re talking a 1
  • Water Conditions:  rough water with waves over a foot (good for PWCs or surfing) due to consistent wind or boat wakes don’t rate high on our scale
  • Skiing & Board Conditions:  on the weekends if you can typically find a good cove or part of the lake with glass, we’re talking a 10
  • Beaches:  don’t you hate those beaches when you step into the water you sink in mud up to your knees and loose your flip-flops or it’s all slime and weeds or small rocks – if so, that’s a 1
  • Fun Scale: lakes scoring a 10 have fun restaurants and bars, great coves for raft ups or swimming, and fun rental toys
  • Cruising & Touring:  if you can cruise the lake and look at beautiful houses, nice marinas, pretty coves, or anything similar it will score high
  • Restaurants & Bars:  nothing better than cruising over and having some good food and listening to some great music on the deck of a fun restaurant – the ride back with smooth water and a fun moon is also pretty cool – we’re talking a 10
  • Safety Level: lakes with lots of wild and crazy jet skiers or fast cigarette boats will score low
  • Camping:  we’re looking for beautiful spacious sites right on the water with a nice sandy beach to swim and park the boat
  • Fishing:  the bigger the better and they have to be easy to hook


*Fishing information was provided with permission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife ( in 2006. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not endorse Texas Outside or information presented on ©Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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