TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
(903) 786-2389
Dan Bennett, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

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Coffee Mill Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: Off FM 409 approximately 15 miles northeast of Bonham In the Caddo National Grassland Wildlife Management Area
Surface area: 650 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Impounded: 1939

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level: Contact controlling authority
Conservation Pool Elevation: 496 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Very little
Normal Clarity: Stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Forest Service
PO Box 507
Decatur, Texas 76234
(940) 627-5475

Aquatic Vegetation

Mostly water willow, bulrush, cattail and some floating pondweed

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available for a fee from US Forest Service Office

Fishing Regulations

Statewide regulations apply, with one exception: trotlines, throwlines, and juglines are prohibited on this lake. See bag and size limits.

Angling Opportunities

This lake supports the highest crappie population in an eight-county fisheries district. Catfish and sunfish also provide excellent fishing at Coffee Mill.

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

Submerged brush piles along the dam, isolated submerged brush piles, water willow along the shoreline, and some standing timber in the upper end.

Tips & Tactics

Fish the edge of the water willow and dam with spinner baits in the spring for largemouth bass. Later on in the summer and into fall, go to worms and crankbaits for bass. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and early spring. In the winter the fish are deep in schools near cover and in the spring they move into the shallow shoreline to spawn. Jigs or minnows are baits of choice. Channel catfish are best from late winter through the fall. Drift fish using liver, blood bait, crawfish, or cheese.