3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Lynn Wright, Biologist
Location: 2 miles southeast of Balmorhea
in Reeves County
Surface area: 556 acres
Maximum depth: 25 feet
Pool Elevation: 3,187 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Full in winter, drawn down 10 feet during summer
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly muddy
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Reeves County WID Number 1
PO Box 185
Balmorhea, Texas 79718
Bulrush and sago pondweed
Predominant Fish Species
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
The fishery is beginning to recover from past golden alga blooms. Lake Balmorhea has not experienced a major alga-related fish kill since 2013.
Lake Balmorhea is a shallow reservoir with large rocks near the dam, cobble on the southwest side, and sago pondweed and bulrushes on the north and west sides. Some terrestrial vegetation grows on the shore as the water recedes in the summer. This vegetation is flooded during the winter months as the lake refills.
Largemouth bass are caught by fishing minnows, crankbaits, spinner baits, plastic worms, and topwater baits around the areas with rocks, pondweed, flooded terrestrial vegetation, or cobble. Channel catfish are caught on live bait and cut bait throughout the reservoir. White crappie are caught on minnows and small jigs near flooded terrestrial vegetation. Large redear sunfish can be caught with live worms under a bobber near the shoreline.