3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Lynn Wright, Biologist
Lake E. V. Spence
Location: On the Colorado River in Coke
County, 2 miles west of Robert Lee
Surface area: 14,640 acres
Maximum depth: 108 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,898 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 6-10 ft. annually
Normal Clarity: Clear at the dam, more turbid upstream
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Colorado River Municipal
Water District (CRMWD)
PO Box 869
Big Spring, Texas 79721-0869
Predominant Fish Species
Free maps showing recreation areas are available from the controlling authority and from marinas and businesses that sell access permits.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
After severe golden-alga fish kills in the early 2000s, this fishery is making a comeback with anglers able to harvest legal size channel catfish. Largemouth bass are abundant and most should reach legal size this year.
Structure varies from steep rocky bluffs to river and creek channels and coves to mud flats.
Largemouth bass are caught by fishing minnows, crank-baits, spinner baits, plastic worms, and top-water baits around the areas with rocks, flooded terrestrial vegetation, or drop-offs. Catfishes are caught on live bait and cut bait throughout the reservoir.