8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
John Tibbs, Biologist
Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
BOATER ADVISORY: Zebra mussels have infested this reservoir! CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY your boat, trailer, livewells/bait buckets, and other gear before traveling to another water body. Draining water is required by law and possession and transport of zebra mussels is illegal. Learn more.
Location: Five miles west of Belton off
Surface area: 6,429 acres
Maximum depth: 107 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 622 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Very clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Corps of Engineers
Belton/Stillhouse Hollow Lake
3740 FM 1670
Belton, Texas 76513
Predominant Fish Species
Available at local tackle shops
All species are currently managed with statewide regulations.
Stillhouse Hollow is an extremely clear and deep reservoir. The main lake area is dominated by steep rocky shoreline with limited amounts of standing timber. There are also numerous beds of hydrilla in the lower lake. The upper lake and river areas are slightly stained with numerous laydowns, brush piles, and standing timber.
Largemouth bass fishing is best during spring and fall when water temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s. At first light, topwater baits fished on rocky points or over hydrilla beds can be good. Later in the day, drop a heavy jig or large worm into matted hydrilla in 5'-15' of water. Smallmouth bass can be good year round. Topwaters and crankbaits fished around rocky points and riprap can be very productive. Channel catfish can be caught throughout the year. Drift fishing with shad across the flats is usually good. Trotlining is best in the upper lake. Flathead catfish are most often caught by trotliners using live sunfish on the upper lake. Crappie are caught most often in cedar bushes and other submerged brush piles. White bass fishing is best in early spring during the spawn which occurs upriver from the lake, usually in March.