This lake has caught water after a long dry spell. Swimming and boating are now available, but fish have not been restocked, so it is not currently recommended as a fishing spot. Access is provided through Abilene State Park, which may be closed for wildlife management activities on occasion. Check the park web page for closure notices and dates.
Location: On Elm Creek 20 miles south of Abilene
Surface area: 595 acres
Maximum depth: 25 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 2,012 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, sometimes prone to long periods of dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Very muddy
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
Being located within a state park, this lake is regulated as a Community Fishing Lake.
When full, Lake Abilene can offer a variety of fishing cover including black willow trees, button bush, rocky structure, and dead terrestrial vegetation. Cover is primarily limited to brush piles and rocks when the reservoir is low.
Historically, flipping brushy cover for largemouth bass and crappie was a good technique, especially since the water is so muddy. Look for some good catfishing from the bank in the next couple of years as these fish take advantage of all the nutrients.