TPWD District Fisheries Office

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

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Lake Colorado City

This reservoir typically experiences golden alga blooms during the cooler months (November to April). Blooms can vary widely in intensity (slightly to highly toxic) and duration (several weeks to several months) and may result in fish kills. For information on the most current conditions please contact the San Angelo Inland Fisheries Office or Lake Colorado City State Park.

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Morgan Creek in Mitchell County, south of I-20 and five miles west of Colorado City
Surface area: 1,618 acres
Maximum depth: 51 feet
Impounded: 1949

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 2,070 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-6 ft. seasonally
Normal Clarity: Clear at the dam and mid-lake, turbid at the upper end

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Colorado City
180 W. 3rd
Colorado City, Texas 79512
(325) 728-5331

Aquatic Vegetation

Large areas of shore lined with bulrushes

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

The fishery in this reservoir is slowly recovering from past drought conditions and recurring winter blooms of golden alga.

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

The structure at Lake Colorado City varies from steep rocky bluffs near the dam to mud flats in the upper and middle sections of the reservoir. The mud flats are typically lined with bulrushes.

Tips & Tactics

For catfishes, use live and prepared baits in the river channels and near drop-offs. For largemouth bass, use minnows and artificial baits in the bulrushes and along the rip-rap on the dam.