TPWD District Fisheries Office

3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
(325) 651-5556
Lynn Wright, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Champion Creek Reservoir

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics

Lake Characteristics

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
Impounded: 1959

Water Conditions

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
(325) 728-5331

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Maps may be available at sporting goods and tackle stores.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

This fishery is still rebuilding after an extensive golden alga bloom in 2014.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass yes      
Catfish yes      
Crappie yes      
White Bass yes      
Sunfish yes      
Fishing Cover/Structure

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.

Tips & Tactics

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.

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