8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
John Tibbs, Biologist
Wheeler Branch Reservoir
Location: In Wheeler Branch Park, 2 miles north-northwest of the City of Glen Rose in Somervell County
Surface area: 180 acres
Maximum depth: 85 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 785 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Somervell County Water District
2099 County Road 301
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
Predominant Fish Species
Special bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect. Boats are allowed, but no gas-powered motors. Electric trolling motors are permitted.
Typically very clear water with lots of inundated trees, rock outcroppings, laydowns, and rocky shorelines. The riprap along the dam also holds a variety of fish species. Numerous brush piles exist throughout the reservoir as well.
Largemouth bass fishing is best during spring and fall when water temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s. From March through May, fish are in shallow water 2 to 15 feet deep. At this time of year, bass are caught along shorelines and in coves on spinner baits, topwater baits, plastic worms, and crank baits. From June through August, largemouths are usually found at depths of 10 to 20 feet, but some may remain at shallow depths during the day. Productive baits include plastic worms and deep-diving crank baits. In September and October, bass may be caught near the surface or in water less than 10 feet deep. From December through February, anglers should concentrate on depths of 15 to 30 feet, using plastic worms, jigs, and deep-diving crank baits. Smallmouth bass can be targeted in rocky areas of the reservoir using deep-diving crank baits and soft plastics.
Channel catfish can be caught throughout the year. Drift fishing with shad across flats and points is usually good. Fishing from the park shoreline is also very productive. Walleye can be targeted in rocky or sandy areas <10' in late winter and early spring. They prefer cooler water and will likely be deep during the summer, and tend to be associated with the bottom, not in open water. Soft plastics can be effective, but specialized walleye rigs work best.