TPWD District Fisheries Office

505 Staples Road
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 353-0072
Patrick Ireland, Biologist

About the Area

Lake Marble Falls

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

BOATER ADVISORY: Zebra mussels have invaded this reservoir! CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY your boat, trailer, livewells/bait buckets, and other gear before traveling to another water body. Draining water is required by law and possession and transport of zebra mussels is illegal.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Colorado River in Burnet and Llano Counties, near the town of Marble Falls. Lake LBJ is just upstream; Lake Travis is just downstream
Surface area: 611 acres
Maximum depth: 60 feet
Impounded: 1961

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 738 ft. msl
Fluctuation: None
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Lower Colorado River Authority
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 473-3200 or 1(800) 776-5272

Aquatic Vegetation

No significant aquatic vegetation present

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Good commercial maps are available at area map, tackle, and sporting goods stores. Free, downloadable maps of the lake and surrounding areas are available in the map section of the LCRA website.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations. Bow fishers on this lake are subject to special regulations enforced by the LCRA.

Angling Opportunities

Lake Marble Falls contains moderate density largemouth bass and channel catfish populations. The reservoir also has low density white crappie, blue and flathead catfish populations. There have been reports of catches of white bass in the upper end of the lake below Wirtz Dam (Lake LBJ Dam) during the spring months.

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

Lake Marble Falls is narrow and riverine in nature. Shorelines are typically steep with rock bluffs or boulders. A few docks and boat houses ring the water's edge. Cover in the form of aquatic vegetation, standing timber or laydowns is limited.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass anglers have their best success on this reservoir fishing plastic worms or jigs around the many boat houses and docks that line the shoreline. Some bass may also be caught fishing small crankbaits along the shoreline bluffs and boulders. During spring months white bass can be caught in the upper section of the reservoir if one dares to navigate the shallow, boulder-laden river channel. A few crappie can be caught on this reservoir, especially around the docks. Catfish anglers can find channel, blue, and flathead cats throughout the reservoir. Stinkbaits and cutbaits work better for the blues and channels, while live bait is preferred for large flathead catfish.