TPWD District Fisheries Office

3802 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, Texas 75672
(903) 938-1007
Tim Bister, Biologist

About the Area

Lake Gilmer

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Lake Characteristics

Location: On Kelsey Creek in the Cypress River Basin, 15 miles north of Longview and 4 miles west of Gilmer
Surface area: 1,010 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Impounded: 2001

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 315 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Less than 3 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Gilmer
PO Box 760 or 110 Buffalo
Gilmer, Texas 75644
(903) 843-2552
Lake Ranger (903) 843-8209

Aquatic Vegetation

Low densities of native aquatic plants

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Commercial maps may be available.

Fishing Regulations

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

Angling Opportunities

The largemouth bass population at Gilmer Reservoir can be described as one of moderate numbers with good condition and growth characteristics. Relative abundance of legal-size bass is low, but good numbers of fish are available for catch and release. Channel catfish are present and fishing opportunities are good. Growth of channel cats is excellent and good numbers are available for harvest. Although the relative abundance of crappie species is good, very few legal-size fish are available. The fishery should improve over the next several years as crappie grow to legal size. Several species of sunfish are present, including bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth. Bluegill dominates with good numbers of fish over 6 inches available for harvest.

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

Natural habitat exists in the form of inundated timber and brush and some aquatic vegetation.