TPWD District Fisheries Office

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

About the Area

Local Information

  • Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 912
    Fairfield, Texas 75840

Nearby State Parks

  • Fairfield Lake
    123 State Park Rd 64
    Fairfield, Texas 75840
    (903) 389-4514

Fairfield Lake

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

Access to the lake is provided through Fairfield Lake State Park, which may be closed for wildlife management activities on occasion. Check the park web page for closure notices and dates. The Big Brown power plant was permanently shut down in 2018.  Lake Fairfield no longer offers unique, warm-water winter fishing opportunities.

Lake Characteristics

Location: 5 miles northeast of Fairfield off FM 488
Surface area: 2,159 acres
Maximum depth: 49 feet
Impounded: 1969

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 310 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 812-8699

Aquatic Vegetation

Hydrilla light along shoreline; with American lotus, common cattail, common reed and marine naiad moderate to heavy in shallow areas

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.

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

Inundated timber is abundant in the upper end of the lake and in both coves on the east side. Hydrilla forms a fringe around the reservoir out to approximately 5 feet. Pockets of native pondweed provide openings in the hydrilla and make good ambush points. Emergent cattails and cutgrass grow in shallow water on the shoreward side of the hydrilla.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass: Many anglers report success using jigs and pigs or lizards pitched into the openings behind cattails and cutgrass. Fishing for catfish can be productive by drifting live bait across the points along the area opposite of the TXU picnic area.