TPWD District Fisheries Office

3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
(325) 651-5556
Mandy Scott, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks:


Lake Balmorhea

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


Due to low water levels, public boat ramps on this lake are closed.
Canoes and other small boats may launch from the bank.

Lake Characteristics

Location: 2 miles southeast of Balmorhea in Reeves County
Surface area: 556 acres
Maximum depth: 25 feet
Impounded: 1917

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 3,187 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Full in winter, drawn down 10 feet during summer
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly muddy

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Reeves County WID Number 1
PO Box 185
Balmorhea, Texas 79718
(432) 375-2238

Aquatic Vegetation

Bulrush and sago pondweed

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

This lake has been severely impacted by toxic golden alga blooms. Fishing will be poor until conditions improve and TPWD has a chance to restock the lake.

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

Lake Balmorhea is a shallow reservoir with large rocks near the dam, cobble on the southwest side, and sago pondweed and bulrushes on the north and west sides. Some terrestrial vegetation grows on the shore as the water recedes in the summer. This vegetation is flooded during the winter months as the lake refills.

Tips & Tactics

This lake is currently not recommended for fishing. Check with the Inland Fisheries office in San Angelo for the latest information.

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