11942 FM 848
Tyler, Texas 75707
Rick Ott, Biologist
Some access areas are closed due to high water or flood damage. Check the Army Corps of Engineers closure report for status updates.
Location: 4 miles southwest of Ennis in Ellis
Surface area: 3,138 acres
Maximum depth: 43 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 421 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear to milky
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps of Engineers
4000 Observation Drive
Ennis, Texas 75119
Hydrilla has become abundant north of the Highway 34 bridge.
Predominant Fish Species
Available at the Corps of Engineers project office
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
With the increase in vegetation (hydrilla) in the upper end, fishing for largemouth bass has improved. Catfishes and open water species such as white bass and hybrid stripers are very good. Hybrids are stocked on an annual basis and have provided an excellent fishery; however, no one has registered a lake record yet. Downriggers can provide hybrid striper action during warm months, watch for schooling birds during cooler weather.
|Hybrid Striped Bass|
Hydrilla north of the Highway 34 bridge offers good access to largemouth bass. Best structure is along the face of the dam. The upper end of the lake is highly silted and shallow and is only accessible during high water.
Live bait (for catfishes and crappie) and noise making baits (for white bass and hybrid stripers) seem to work best. Good eating, too.