Location: On Murvaul Bayou in Panola County,
15 miles west of Carthage
Surface area: 3,397 acres
Maximum depth: 36 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 265.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2-3 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Panola County Fresh Water District
154 CR 1839
Carthage, TX 75633
Native and non-native aquatic plants are present, with total coverage ranging from 10% to 30% of the lake's surface.
Predominant Fish Species
Commercial maps may be available.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
Lake Murvaul has an excellent and highly utilized largemouth bass fishery. The reservoir received national recognition in the 1960s for its trophy bass production and continues to produce bass over 8 lbs. Management strategies have been developed to take advantage of Murvaul's ability to grow large bass. During the late 1990s, a supplemental stocking program was conducted to increase the Florida bass genotype in the population and harvest regulations were modified to protect intermediate-size bass and increase fishing quality. Channel catfish are present in high numbers and provide excellent opportunities for anglers. Quality-size crappie are present with best fishing success in winter and spring. Sunfish (bluegill and redear) are present in good numbers with high numbers of fish over 6 inches available for harvest.
Natural habitat is present is present in the form of inundated timber, aquatic vegetation, and numerous creek channels. An abundance of man-made structures (rip rap, boat houses and docks) provide additional structural habitat.
Although largemouth bass fishing is good throughout the year,
the most productive months are January through March. Jig combinations, oversized
crankbaits and spinner baits are the most popular lures. Fish
are located in deep water along creek channels during winter months and tend
to move into shallow water flats during the spring. Aquatic and terrestrial
vegetation may also be productive habitat to fish during the spring through
fall months. During warmer months, top-water lures can produce
strikes in the early morning hours. Artificial worms are effective in deeper
water off major points and secondary points at midl-day in summer
Crappie fishing is steady throughout the year with higher success rates generally occurring in March and April. Minnows and artificial jigs are productive. Jones Branch and the creek channel near the FM 1971 bridge are popular fishing areas. Best catch rates for channel catfish occur April through October. Live baits such as night crawlers, minnows, and catalpa worms are most effective but commercial prepared dough or stink baits can also be used. The best months to fish for sunfish are May and June. Fish can be found near shorelines in 2-6 ft of water. Earthworms and crickets are good bait choices.