TPWD District Fisheries Office

8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
(254) 666-5190
Michael Baird, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Alvarado Chamber of Commerce
    400 E. Hwy 67
    Alvarado, Texas 76009
    (817) 783-2233

Nearby State Parks:


Alvarado Park Lake

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics

Lake Characteristics

Location: Off US 67 three miles west of I-35W
Surface area: 437 acres
Maximum depth: 20 feet
Impounded: 1966

Water Conditions

Fluctuation: 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Stained to murky

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Alvarado
(817) 790-3351

Aquatic Vegetation

Bulrush, cattail, water willow

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities
Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass     yes  
Catfish     yes  
Crappie     yes  
White Bass     yes  
Sunfish yes      
Fishing Cover/Structure

Fish habitat in this lake is dominated by shoreline stands of bulrush, American water-willow, cattail, and common buttonbush – boat docks and piers, and moderate amounts of bulk heading. The rip-rap dam and over-hanging trees and brush also attract and hold fish throughout much of the year. The Waco Inland Fisheries District built and deployed rectangular PVC fish habitat structures near the lower end of the reservoir to help attract and hold sportfish for anglers. This is the only freshwater reef that has been deployed in Alvarado Park Lake. 

Use the Habitat Structure Viewer for an interactive map of fish habitat structures and downloadable GPS coordinates.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass are caught on spinnerbaits, worms, jigs, and crankbaits off the boat docks and from cattails. Channel catfish are caught tightlining or drift fishing shad or blood bait. White bass can be caught on tailspinners and jigs fished on windy shorelines. Crappie are generally caught from submerged brush piles and under docks.