8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
John Tibbs, Biologist
Pat Cleburne Lake
Location: On the Nolan River just southwest
of the City of Cleburne off US 67
Surface area: 1,558 acres
Maximum depth: 64 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 733.6 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Stained to murky
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Cleburne
PO Box 657
Cleburne, Texas 76033
Water willow, lotus, cattail, bulrush, and buttonbush
Predominant Fish Species
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
This reservoir offers good largemouth bass fishing and the opportunity to catch three different species of catfish.
Stained to murky water, with a variety of shallow emergent aquatic vegetation and isolated laydowns, provide plenty of cover for fish. In 2016, TPWD biologists worked with a local volunteer group to install crappie condos near the dam. These structures provide cover for a variety of fish species. See online fish attractor map | Get coordinates in downloadable files
Largemouth bass can be caught using spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and plastic worms fished through and around vegetation at 1- to 4-foot depths. Shallow-diving crankbaits fished on the riprap can also be productive. Channel and blue catfish are caught by drift fishing and tightlining with stinkbait or shad. White bass are often caught by trolling jigs and spinners down windy shorelines. Crappie can be caught from shallow brush piles on live minnows. Sunfish are caught on live worms and crickets around shallow brush and riprap.