TPWD District Fisheries Office

P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
Niki Harbison-Ragan, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Lake Bryan & Lakeside Icehouse
    (979) 361-0861

Lake Bryan

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: In Brazos County 5 miles west of Bryan, Texas
Surface area: 829 acres
Maximum depth: 45 feet
Impounded: 1974

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 355.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Low
Normal Clarity: Moderately stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Bryan Texas Utilities
205 E. 28th Street
Bryan, Texas 77803
(979) 361-0861

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

Special bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect on this lake.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth bass angling is fair at Lake Bryan. The lack of suitable habitat limits spawning and recruitment success. Anglers fishing around rip rapped shoreline can still expect to have moderate success catching fish from 14 to 16 inches. Channel catfish are also quite abundant and are easily caught on natural baits from either a boat or the bank. Crappie fishing is fair in early spring in shallow water and from floating courtesy dock. A variety of sunfish species abound in the lake and can be most easily caught around rip rap by fly rod anglers on popping bugs and insect imitation flies or with live worms and crickets fished under a float.

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

Very little natural cover exists in Lake Bryan. The most common cover is the abundant rip rap rock around the extensive dam structure on both sides of the lake. Mossback fish habitat structures have been installed in five locations.

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

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass anglers are most successful during early spring and fall. Most successful anglers fish from a boat around the abundant rip rap along the dam as well at the end of the discharge canal. The most commonly used baits are fish imitating crank baits and soft plastics. Channel catfish anglers will be most successful using natural smelly baits fished on or near the bottom. While most catfish caught are rather small, there are plenty of 12 to 14 inch fish to ensure at least a few for the cooler. Crappie can be caught on live minnows and jigs in early spring from courtesy dock and along shallow shoreline. Sunfish anglers can catch their fill of fish from most any location on the lake but especially around the rip rap areas. Fly anglers can find plenty of action on popping bugs and insect imitation flies. Others can expect to catch sunfish on live worms and crickets.