TPWD District Fisheries Office

8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
(254) 666-5190
John Tibbs, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Fort Parker State Park Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: South of Mexia on Texas Highway 14
Surface area: 725 acres
Maximum depth: 6 feet
Impounded: 1935

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level: Available at State Park office
Fluctuation: 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Very turbid

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Fort Parker State Park
Route 3 Box 95
Mexia, Texas 76667
(254) 562-5751

Aquatic Vegetation

Lotus, cutgrass, bulrush

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available at the park office (254) 562-5751

Fishing Regulations

Being located within a state park, this lake is regulated as a Community Fishing Lake.

Angling Opportunities

Fort Parker Lake is not known as a great fishing hole. Management and stocking efforts to improve the fishery have met with little success. Years of flooding from the muddy Navasota River have taken a toll on this otherwise scenic lake, which has become severely silted in since impoundment in 1935. Fishing for blue and channel catfish is the best option. Boaters should exercise caution: at low water levels, it's easy to run aground.

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

This lake has isolated brush piles, shallow aquatic vegetation, and some rocks, but little else.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass and crappie fishing can be very good in the lower portion of the reservoir if fishing around habitat such as a submerged tree or shoreline vegetation when the lake is full. White bass are seasonally abundant just downstream of the dam; contact park personnel for current conditions.

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