TPWD District Fisheries Office

8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
(254) 666-5190
Michael Baird, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Lake Granbury

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Brazos River in downtown Granbury, off US 377 33 miles southwest of Forth Worth
Surface area: 8,310 acres
Maximum depth: 75 feet
Impounded: 1969

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Operational Pool Elevation: 692.7 ft. msl
Fluctuation: up to 30 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear to stained

Golden alga blooms can occur in the reservoir. These blooms are toxic to fish and may affect the quality of fishing. Please check bloom status or contact the TPWD fisheries office for current conditions.

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Brazos River Authority
4552 Mambrino Hwy.
Granbury, Texas 76048
(817) 573-3212

Aquatic Vegetation

Limited amounts of bulrush, cattails, and water stargrass

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Contact local tackle shops or the Brazos River Authority (817) 573-3212

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities
Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass     yes  
Catfish     yes  
Crappie   yes    
White & Striped Bass     yes  
Sunfish     yes  
Fishing Cover/Structure

The main lake has a small amount of timber, cattails and bulrushes, but by far the predominant type of structure is boat houses and piers. TPWD has worked with local partners to install fish habitat structure in this reservoir. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate these structures.

Use the Habitat Structure Viewer for an interactive map of fish habitat structures and downloadable GPS coordinates.

Tips & Tactics

Striped bass fishing can be very good on this long, sinuous reservoir. Downrigging jigs and crankbaits as well as drifting live shad can be very effective. The mid-lower lake seems to be best. Largemouth bass fishing can be excellent around any of the 1000-plus boat docks and piers. Crankbaits, jigs, and worms are top bets. Catfishing is good throughout the reservoir. The stained water and abundant timber along the Brazos River channel makes for excellent trotlining. Crappie can be caught using live minnows fished around docks, submerged brush, and bridge pilings. White bass are best during the spring in the river above the lake. Small jigs and spinners work best. Sunfish can be caught using live worms or crickets fished around docks, especially in early summer.