This area is experiencing a drought which may affect fishing and boat ramp access. Before you go, check the current lake level or contact the controlling authority for current conditions.
Location: 10 miles northwest of Silverton
on Tule Creek, a tributary of the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red
Surface area: 896 acres
Maximum depth: 150 ft., mean depth 52 ft. at conservation pool
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 3,100 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Severe, 4-10 ft. per year
Normal Clarity: Clear with visibility 4-6 ft
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority
Rt 4 Box 14
Silverton, Texas 79257
The reservoir has very little aquatic vegetation. Most of the structure is flooded timber and terrestrial vegetation.
Predominant Fish Species
A general information map is available from the Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority (information above). Sporting goods and tackle stores sell maps of lakes, especially those lakes in the local area.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
|Hybrid Striped Bass|
The reservoir was constructed in a steep canyon off the Caprock and therefore has very steep rocky sides. Most of the cover is rock and boulder with some areas of flooded timber in the coves. The steep sides of the canyon provide lots of protection, so the lake is a great place to fish on windy days.
This reservoir typically has very low fishing pressure, so if you like fishing without the crowds, this may be your place. Fish the open lake and around the islands for hybrid striped bass with either live bait or baits that imitate shad. Four-inch white plastic worms can also be successful baits if fished on a leader 2-4 feet past the weight. Largemouth bass can be caught on a wide variety of baits depending on season and water conditions. The best season for bass fishing is spring when water temperatures reach about 55-60 degrees. Common lures for largemouth bass are plastic worms, spinner baits and crank baits. Bass anglers can target the areas of flooded timber and shallower arms of the reservoir for good catches. The steep sides of the main reservoir can make bass fishing a challenge. Try fishing along the sides of rock faces or allow your bait to sink vertically down the rock face. Good catches of crappie are frequently found around rock structure in the main reservoir and the flooded timber in the arms during the spring and fall. Crappie are best caught with jigs or minnows vertically fished around structure.