TPWD District Fisheries Office

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

About the Area

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Balmorhea Lake

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

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

The fishery is beginning to recover from past golden alga blooms. Balmorhea Lake has not experienced a major alga-related fish kill since 2013.

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

Balmorhea Lake 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. There are three groups of fish habitat structures installed at this lake.

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

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass are caught by fishing minnows, crankbaits, spinner baits, plastic worms, and topwater baits around the areas with rocks, pondweed, flooded terrestrial vegetation, or cobble. Channel catfish are caught on live bait and cut bait throughout the reservoir. White crappie are caught on minnows and small jigs near flooded terrestrial vegetation. Large redear sunfish can be caught with live worms under a bobber near the shoreline.