TPWD District Fisheries Office

409 Chester Avenue
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940) 766-2383
Tom Lang, 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

Kemp’s fish populations have been adversely affected by recent golden alga fish kills. White bass are abundant in the reservoir and provide a good fight. White crappie numbers are down. 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

This lake is currently about 25% full, with very little structure in the water. Most banks are mud and much of the lake is dry. There are still some docks at least partially in the water in the Moonshine Bay area. Some cover is provided by riprap near the dam and certain rocky humps around the lake.

Tips & Tactics

Most fish species will be found near the Wichita River mouth, around Rattlesnake Island, and near the west side channels and coves. White bass can be caught on slabs throughout the reservoir in the fall.