2122 Old Henderson Hwy.
Tyler, Texas 75702
Kevin Storey, Biologist
Big Creek Reservoir
Location: On Big Creek, a tributary of
the South Sulphur River, in Delta County 1 mile north of Cooper
Surface area: 520 acres
Maximum depth: 31 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 450 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Delta County Clerk
200 W. Dallas Ave
Cooper, Texas 75432-1726
American lotus, Eurasian watermilfoil, cattails
Predominant Fish Species
No free maps are available. Topographic maps may be available from online sources.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Largemouth bass is a popular sportfish in Big Creek. This reservoir has produced a number of trophy bass including ShareLunker broodfish. Bluegill provide a good fishery. Crappie are also popular, but catches are often sporadic. The fishery for channel catfish is poor.
American lotus, a floating leaf species, is generally the most common aquatic plant in Big Creek. Eurasian watermilfoil is present and often dense enough to hinder navigation and fishing. Flooded timber occupies a large area and provides abundant structural habitat.
Spring is usually the most productive time to fish as largemouth bass are found in shallow water. Crank baits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics are often used. Vegetation cover in Big Creek often dictates the types of bait to use. Under conditions of dense vegetation coverage, weedless type baits and topwaters are most practical. Flipping jigs and texas-rigged worms in open pockets among thick vegetation can be productive for bass. Crappie are sought in the standing timber. Live minnows and crappie jigs are among the most popular baits used. Bank fishing from the piers is popular with sunfish anglers. Bluegill and redear sunfish can be found close to the rip-rap along the dam. Earthworms and crickets are excellent baits to use for sunfish.