3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Lynn Wright, Biologist
Champion Creek Reservoir
Location: On Champion Creek in Mitchell
County, seven miles south of Colorado City on Texas 208
Surface area: 1,577 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 2,083 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Extreme, up to 10 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Clear to very turbid
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Colorado City
180 W. 3rd
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Predominant Fish Species
Maps may be available at sporting goods and tackle stores.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
This fishery is still rebuilding after an extensive golden alga bloom in 2014.
Champion Creek Reservoir has a variety of structure types to fish. There are mud flats with flooded salt cedar and mesquite, deep rocky drop-offs and ledges, rip-rap, underwater humps, and a few old tank dams. The water is fairly clear near the dam and gets more turbid toward the upper end of the reservoir.
Trolling crankbaits and rattling baits in the main lake near humps and drop-offs is very effective for white bass. Largemouth bass can be caught fishing live or artificial baits along the rip-rap, flooded terrestrial vegetation, and along the drop-offs and ledges. White crappie are caught fishing minnows and jigs along ledges and underwater humps. Catfishes are caught using live and prepared baits along the ledges and drop-offs, and along the river channel.