TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 835
Canyon, Texas 79015
(806) 655-4341
Caleb Huber, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Baylor Creek Campground
    (806) 674-4795
    231 Bluebonnet Lane
    Childress, TX 79201

Nearby State Parks


Baylor Creek Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: 12 miles west of Childress on the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River
Surface area: 610 acres
Maximum depth: 50 ft., mean depth 15 ft.
Impounded: 1950

Water Conditions

This area is prone to drought. It's a good idea to call ahead and check water conditions before making a trip. Current water level is available by calling Baylor Creek Campground at (806) 674-4795.
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 ft. annually
Normal Clarity: Clear with 2-4 ft. visibility in lower reservoir; 1-2 ft in upper

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Childress
Rt 1, Box 283
Childress, Texas 79201
(940) 937-3684

Aquatic Vegetation

Limited; some areas of pondweed and flooded trees

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

A general information map is available from the City of Childress (address above) or the Baylor Creek Campground (806) 674-4795.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

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

Most structure in Baylor Lake is created by flooded timber. There are some areas of pondweed as well. The dam and points on the lake offer boulders and rip-rap, while the upper lake has many cut banks and drop-offs. Childress Lake has much more vegetation including pondweed, coontail, cattails, and milfoil. The upper lake has flooded timber, but rock structure is limited.

Tips & Tactics

The best fishing period for largemouth bass is spring when water temperatures reach 55-65 degrees. Carolina rigs, crankbaits, spinners, and pig-n-jig baits are all good options on either of these lakes. Focus on structure, especially where 2 or 3 habitat types meet. For crappie, try fishing minnows near structure along the dam or in the upper reservoir for the best catches.