TPWD District Fisheries Office

P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
Niki Harbison-Ragan, Biologist

About the Area

Gibbons Creek Reservoir

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

Gibbons Creek Reservoir is closed to the public as of 12/25/21.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Gibbons Creek in the Navasota River drainage in Grimes County, off Texas Highway 30 at Carlos, 20 miles east of Bryan/College Station
Surface area: 2,770 acres
Maximum depth: 34 feet
Impounded: 1981

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 245 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Low, 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Slightly to moderately stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Texas Municipal Power Agency
PO Box 7000
Bryan, Texas 77805
(936) 873-2424

Aquatic Vegetation

Hydrilla and American lotus dominate, with traces of other native emergent aquatic plants.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Commercial maps may be available

Fishing Regulations

Special bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth bass are the most sought after sport fish in Gibbons Creek Reservoir. This reservoir has a history of producing numerous largemouth bass larger than 10 pounds. The current lake record is 16.17 pounds. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are all abundant with catches of trophy blue and flathead catfish quite common. Crappie fishing has been very good in the past but is somewhat slower today. Crappie of good sizes can still be caught in the early spring. Bluegill are also abundant in the reservoir but do not grow to very large sizes.

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

Shoreline areas of the reservoir contain a light to moderate cover of hydrilla with standing timber quite thick along the creeks. American lotus is also quite dense in the upper creeks.

Tips & Tactics

The opportunity to catch a trophy largemouth bass at Gibbons Creek is greatest from mid-January through March. During summer, schooling bass can be found in deeper water over structure. Anglers catch these fish primarily on Carolina-rigged plastic worms. Catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of natural baits. For flathead cats, anglers are most successful fishing with live shad.