Location: On Kelsey Creek in the Cypress
River Basin, 15 miles north of Longview and 4 miles west of
Surface area: 1,010 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 315 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Less than 3 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Gilmer
PO Box 760 or 110 Buffalo
Gilmer, Texas 75644
Lake Ranger (903) 843-8209
Low densities of native aquatic plants
Predominant Fish Species
Commercial maps may be available.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
The largemouth bass population at Gilmer Reservoir can be described as one of moderate numbers with good condition and growth characteristics. Relative abundance of legal-size bass is low, but good numbers of fish are available for catch and release. Channel catfish are present and fishing opportunities are good. Growth of channel cats is excellent and good numbers are available for harvest. Although the relative abundance of crappie species is good, very few legal-size fish are available. The fishery should improve over the next several years as crappie grow to legal size. Several species of sunfish are present, including bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth. Bluegill dominates with good numbers of fish over 6 inches available for harvest.
Natural habitat exists in the form of inundated timber and brush and some aquatic vegetation.