Lake Mineral Wells
This lake is located within Lake Mineral Wells State Park, which may be closed for wildlife management activities on occasion. Check the park web page for closure notices and dates.
Location: Immediately east of Mineral Wells
off US 180
Surface area: 440 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 863 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Very little
Normal Clarity: Stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Mostly water willow, bulrush, cattail and some floating pondweed. Approximately 70% of the shoreline is ringed with a band of water willow 10 to 25 feet wide.
Predominant Fish Species
Available at state park office
This lake is located totally within the boundaries of Lake Mineral Wells State Park, and is therefore regulated as a Community Fishing Lake.
TPWD installed "crappie condos" in 2015 with funding from the largemouth bass conservation license plate. These structures can be found near the fishing piers. Anglers may also find submerged brush piles along the dam, isolated submerged brush piles, water willow and submerged boulders along the shoreline, and some standing timber in the upper end. If you can locate the opening to Rippy Branch in the upper end of the lake, you will find some good deep holes for bass and catfish. The entire stretch of the stream is shaded by overhanging tree limbs. You might even be treated to a deer swimming across the branch.
Fish the edge of the water willow and dam with spinner baits in the spring for largemouth bass. Later on in the summer and into fall go to worms and crankbaits for bass. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and early spring. In the winter they are deep in schools near cover. In the spring they move into the shallow shoreline to spawn. Jigs or minnows are baits of choice. Channel and blue catfish are best from late winter through the fall. Drift fish using liver, blood bait, crawfish, or cheese.