Location: On Jim Ned Creek in Coleman County, 45 miles southeast of Abilene
and about 13 miles north of Coleman
Surface area: 2,000 acres
Maximum depth: 48 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1717.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Average 3 feet annually, but may have prolonged periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Clear to stained, with visibility up to 4 feet
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Coleman
PO Box 592
Water willow and star grass when the lake is full
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and flathead catfish fishing are rated good to excellent on this lake. Florida bass were introduced in 1985.
|Hybrid Striped Bass|
Lake Coleman has a rocky shoreline with numerous points and ledges. Standing timber is abundant in the upper half of the reservoir. Black willow trees, brush, and boat docks round out the primary cover and structure.
Lake Coleman is well known for hybrid striped bass fishing, especially during the summer and early fall when hybrids roam in large schools and feed on the surface. Fast moving lures and topwater baits work well. Downrigging and drift fishing with live shad or sunfish are also very effective for hybrids in this reservoir. Largemouth bass fishing is best from September through May. Lake Coleman is an excellent topwater lake for these bass. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worm, jigs, and jerkbaits are also effective. Jerkbaits and floating worms are hard to beat from March through May, with a general shift from jerkbaits to floating worms as the water warms. Buzzbaits are most productive in the fall. Trotline anglers do very well for flathead catfish, especially in the upper end.