TPWD District Fisheries Office

11810 FM 848
Tyler, Texas 75707
(903) 566-2161
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information


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Cedar Creek Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: 15 miles west of Athens in the area between US 175 and Texas 274
Surface area: 32,623 acres
Maximum depth: 53 feet
Impounded: 1965

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 322 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear at lower end to muddy in the upper end

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Tarrant Regional Water District
6613 Ashby Lane
Trinidad, Texas 75163
(903) 432-2814

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent, submergent and floating, light in coves and creek arms in lower end of the lake

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Commercially produced maps are available.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth bass angling is best in the lower end of the reservoir where the water is clear. The lake record weighed 14.65 pounds. Catfishes are abundant, with more blues than channel cats in the legal size range. Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually and the lake record is 13.19 pounds.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass     yes  
Catfish       yes
Crappie     yes  
White & Hybrid Striped Bass       yes
Fishing Cover/Structure

Most submerged vegetation is located in the backs of coves in the lower end of the reservoir. Some emergent vegetation is present in the upper end but water is very shallow. Look for submersed islands across the lake from the confluence of Clear and Caney creeks.

Tips & Tactics

Anglers generally follow the birds to find schools of white bass and hybrids. Action can be good all year but is particularly good in the spring. Look for largemouth bass in the weedy back ends of coves in the lower third of the lake. Use cut shad or live bait for blue catfish.