TPWD District Fisheries Office

11942 FM 848
Tyler, TX 75707
903-566-1615 x 213
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Lake Crook

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Lake Characteristics

Location: On Pine Creek, a tributary of the Red River, 5 miles north of Paris in Lamar County
Surface area: 1,060 acres
Maximum depth: 24 feet
Impounded: 1923

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 477 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Turbid

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Paris
(903) 784-9299

Aquatic Vegetation

Emergent varieties such as cutgrass and bulrush are abundant along shoreline. The age of the reservoir combined with the high turbidity limits the amount of submerged aquatic vegetation.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

No topographic maps available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Blue and channel catfish provide a limited sport fishery and many fish are of harvestable size. Prepared catfish baits and live bait such as shad or worms are effective baits for catfish. Largemouth bass catch rates are low, but this population is one of a few in Texas that contains no Florida bass. Crappie are abundant in the reservoir, but the population is dominated by small individuals.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass   yes    
Catfish     yes  
Crappie   yes