Coffee Mill Lake
Location: Off FM 409 approximately 15 miles
northeast of Bonham In the Caddo National Grassland Wildlife
Surface area: 650 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Lake Level: Contact controlling authority
Conservation Pool Elevation: 496 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Very little
Normal Clarity: Stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Forest Service
PO Box 507
Decatur, Texas 76234
Mostly water willow, bulrush, cattail and some floating pondweed
Predominant Fish Species
Available for a fee from US Forest Service Office
Statewide regulations apply, with one exception: trotlines, throwlines, and juglines are prohibited on this lake. See bag and size limits.
This lake supports the highest crappie population in an eight-county fisheries district. Catfish and sunfish also provide excellent fishing at Coffee Mill.
Submerged brush piles along the dam, isolated submerged brush piles, water willow along the shoreline, and some standing timber in the upper end.
Fish the edge of the water willow and dam with spinner baits in the spring for largemouth bass. Later on in the summer and into fall, go to worms and crankbaits for bass. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and early spring. In the winter the fish are deep in schools near cover and in the spring they move into the shallow shoreline to spawn. Jigs or minnows are baits of choice. Channel catfish are best from late winter through the fall. Drift fish using liver, blood bait, crawfish, or cheese.