Some access areas are closed due to high water or flood damage. Check the Army Corps of Engineers closure report for status updates.
Location: 35 miles north of Waco off Highway
310, just west of I-35 near Hillsboro
Surface area: 3,020 acres
Maximum depth: 59.5 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 537.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps of Engineers
285 CR 3602
Clifton, Texas 76634
Limited amounts of pondweed and water willow
Predominant Fish Species
Contact local tackle shops
All fishes are managed under statewide regulations.
Both the Hackberry and Aquilla Creek arms are loaded with standing timber and brush, but they are shallow in most areas and provide little fish habitat. TPWD has installed bamboo "crappie condos" at strategic points around Aquilla Lake. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate these structures. Download coordinates as a spreadsheet or text file.
Largemouth bass fishing can be good on Aquilla. The combination of stained water, localized cover, and light fishing pressure means there are some big bass to catch but you have to work for them. Fish spinner baits, jig and pork combos, and plastic worms in and around cover. Tree lines, fencerows, and creek channels are good places to start. Crappie are usually found on submerged brush piles and large isolated trees. Live minnows seem to be the preferred bait. Channel and blue catfish are caught drift fishing flats or on trotlines set around shallow, brushy areas. Shad, cutbait, or bloodbait will all work. White bass are caught trolling small tailspinners, jigs, and spoons across windy flats.