TPWD District Fisheries Office

409 Chester Avenue
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940) 766-2383
Tom Lang, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Waggoner Ranch
    (940) 552-2521, ext. 245
    Diversion gate (940) 438-2556

Nearby State Parks


Diversion Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: 30 miles from Wichita Falls on the Archer/Baylor county line
Surface area: 3,133 acres
Maximum depth: 35 feet
Impounded: 1924

Water Conditions
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,052 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3 feet
Normal Clarity: 2 to 4 ft. visibility
Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Wichita Falls
1300 7th Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76307
(940) 761-7477

Aquatic Vegetation

About one-third of the shore is lined with emergent vegetation. Submerged plants occupy about 420 acres, mainly on the northside coves west of the boat ramp.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Diversion's fish populations have been adversely affected by recent golden alga fish kills. Largemouth bass restocking occurred during 2005. The current lake record (10.23 lbs.) was caught in November 2000. White bass fishing is fair, with legal-size fish present. Crappie abundance is low. Catfish are present.

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

Submerged vegetation can be found along the shoreline in the lower half of the reservoir.

Tips & Tactics

For largemouth bass, fish the docks and vegetated coves on the north side of the lake. The dam face also can be productive. White bass can be caught year round, but the best catches are in the upper lake early in the year during the spawning migration. The crappie population is currently low lake-wide. Catfish can be found throughout the reservoir using punch bait or shad.

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