Abilene, Texas 79603
Michael Homer, Biologist
Location: On Sandy Creek 55 miles east
of Abilene and 5 miles north of Cisco
Surface area: 1,050 acres
Maximum depth: 70 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,520 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, sometimes prone to long periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained, visibility up to 6 feet
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Cisco
PO Box 110
Cisco, Texas 76437
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
Largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent for numbers of fish. Florida-strain largemouths were introduced 1991. Redear and redbreast sunfish are underutilized at Lake Cisco.
The steep-sided nature of Lake Cisco provides windy-weather fishing opportunities. Willow trees in the upper end of the north arm and the Sandy Creek arm line the creek channel. The reservoir is also loaded with dead flooded brush, boat docks, and rocky bluffs and points. In 2016, TPWD worked with local partner organizations to install brush piles made of recycled Christmas trees. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate these structures. See online fish attractor map | Get downloadable file
This would be a great place to take children fishing for sunfish with minnows, nightcrawlers, or mealworms. Largemouth bass can be caught at the lower end around the large boulders and points or in the shallow, more off-colored, waters of the north arm or Sandy Creek. Fall bass fishing with buzzbaits can be heart-stopping. Spring fishing with worms or jigs flipped into willow trees, or hard and soft jerkbaits fished along the rocky and brush-covered coves, is hard to beat.