Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Location: On Gibbons Creek in the Navasota
River drainage in Grimes County, off Texas Highway 30
at Carlos, 20 miles east of Bryan/College Station
Surface area: 2,770 acres
Maximum depth: 34 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 245 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Low, 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Slightly to moderately stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Municipal Power Agency
PO Box 7000
Bryan, Texas 77805
Hydrilla and American lotus dominate, with traces of other native emergent aquatic plants.
Predominant Fish Species
Commercial maps may be available
Special bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect.
Largemouth bass are the most sought after sport fish in Gibbons Creek Reservoir. This reservoir has a history of producing numerous largemouth bass larger than 10 pounds. The current lake record is 16.17 pounds. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are all abundant with catches of trophy blue and flathead catfish quite common. Crappie fishing has been very good in the past but is somewhat slower today. Crappie of good sizes can still be caught in the early spring. Bluegill are also abundant in the reservoir but do not grow to very large sizes.
Shoreline areas of the reservoir contain a light to moderate cover of hydrilla with standing timber quite thick along the creeks. American lotus is also quite dense in the upper creeks.
The opportunity to catch a trophy largemouth bass at Gibbons Creek is greatest from mid-January through March. Anglers are most successful fishing in the warmer areas of the lake near the heated discharge with a variety of crank baits and spinners. During summer, schooling bass can be found in deeper water over structure. Anglers catch these fish primarily on Carolina-rigged plastic worms. Catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of natural baits. For flathead cats, anglers are most successful fishing with live shad in or near the discharge.