TPWD District Fisheries Office

409 Chester Avenue
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940) 766-2383
Robert Mauk, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Waggoner Ranch
    (940) 552-2521, ext. 245
    Moonshine gate (940) 357-2346

Nearby State Parks


Lake Kemp

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Wichita River north of Seymour, off US 183
Surface area: 15,590 acres
Maximum depth: 53 feet
Impounded: 1923

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,144 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 6-8 feet, average 7.6 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Visibility 4-6 feet

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Wichita Falls
1300 7th Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76307
(940) 761-7477

Aquatic Vegetation

None at current low water levels

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth Bass numbers have boomed since the lake level has risen. White bass are abundant in the reservoir and provide a good fight. White crappie numbers have improved. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in good numbers and sizes.

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

Rocky shoreline with multiple rocky points. There is an abundance of flooded terrestrial vegetation throughout the lake.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth Bass can be found throughout the reservoir. Concentrate on the vast amount of flooded brush with Texas rig plastics. Crankbaits and topwaters work well around the rocky points and along the dam. Use electronics to locate striped bass in deep water and dead stick hair jigs and live bait. Crappie are present near the rocks in deep water and under docks.