Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,414 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Severe, 4-10 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Turbid, visibility 1-2 ft.
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Stamford
201 E. McHarg St.
Stamford, Texas 79553
Stands of bulrush and some cattail, pondweed and lily pads
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
|Blue & Channel Catfish|
The primary structure in this lake is rock, with areas of bulrush and cattail. TPWD has placed fish attracting structures in the lake, with support from local governments and fishing clubs. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate these structures. See online fish attractor map | Get downloadable file
Low water levels and turbid water can make fishing a challenge. Water levels can and do fluctuate dramatically. Anglers should focus on the cover and structure available in the lower reservoir near the dam and power plant. Spring and summer are the best times of year for largemouth bass. Focus attention on bulrush or cattail points with soft plastics or flipping jigs when the lake is up. In low water conditions, concentrate on stumps and rocks with crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Spinnerbaits and suspending baits are good options for summer and topwater lures are good early and late in the day. Diving baits that have a lot of action and bump the bottom will attract strikes when visibility is poor. Crappie are abundant in the reservoir. Locate structure such as old trees or rock drop-offs or humps, then vertically fish jigs or minnows as close to the structure as possible.