PO Box 835
Canyon, Texas 79015
Charlie Munger, Biologist
Buffalo Springs Lake
Location: 5 miles east of Lubbock on the
North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River
Surface area: 241
Maximum depth: 52 ft., mean depth 15 ft.
Fluctuation: Mild, less than
Normal Clarity: Stained, 1-2 feet visibility
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Lubbock County WC&ID No. 1
9999 High Meadow Road
Lubbock, Texas 79404
Limited to stands of cattail located around the reservoir
Predominant Fish Species
Lubbock County and Lubbock City maps provide a general view of the lake area.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Major sections of the upper reservoir are bulkheaded with limited structure. Between bulkhead areas are stands of cattail. The lower reservoir has a mix of rock, flooded timber and cattail.
The reservoir has a dense population of gizzard shad, which is the primary prey for largemouth bass. Your presentation must compete with this natural food base, so accurate casts and a sensitive touch are needed. Try pitching plastic worms into holes in the cattails or floating worms along structure in the mornings. Suspending baits are a good option for keeping your bait in the strike zone longer. Stripers can be caught by downrigging 4-inch white plastic grubs or with live bait. Catfish anglers using cut bait have also been successful at taking stripers. Be aware that the reservoir develops a strong thermocline during the summer so fish will remain in the upper, oxygenated levels during this time. Crappie are effectively caught by noodling live bait along the shoreline in openings in the cattails. Bank anglers can access many of these crappie areas by using an 8-10 ft cane pole and reaching out over the dense shoreline cover.