TPWD District Fisheries Office

12861 Galm Road #7
San Antonio, Texas 78254
(210) 688-9460 or 688-9516
Mitch Nisbet, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

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Averhoff Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Nueces River in Zavala County, 10 miles northeast of Crystal City and 100 miles from San Antonio
Surface area: 174 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Impounded: 1948

Water Conditions

Normal Water Level: 600 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Severe, 15 feet or more
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Zavala-Dimmit Co. Water Imp. District # 1
PO Drawer 729
Crystal City, Texas 78839
(830) 374-3703

Aquatic Vegetation

In 2005, there were approximately 4 acres of aquatic vegetation, primarily Illinois pondweed, mostly occurring in the lower portion of the reservoir.

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

Largemouth bass and catfish are the most popular and most abundant sportfish in the reservoir. Channel catfish are present in good numbers with an occasional flathead showing up. Crappie fishing is fair with your best chance of fish coming from standing timber and under water structure.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass     yes  
Channel Catfish     yes  
White Crappie   yes    
Fishing Cover/Structure

Averhoff Reservoir is characterized by mud/gravel banks with overhanging brush, dead standing timber and no aquatic vegetation.

Tips & Tactics

Bass anglers are most successful during the fall, winter, and spring months. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits work well in the early morning and late evening. Texas and Carolina rigged worms and lizards are also popular, and effective when fished around the overhanging brush. Catfish anglers can find channel catfish throughout the lake. Stinkbait and cutbait work well. Crappie anglers should try fishing deep structure in the fall and winter with small jigs fished on light line and tackle. During the spring, fish structure in 3 to 6 feet with small spinners and jigs.