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TPWD District Fisheries Office

8684 LaVillage Avenue
Waco, Texas 76712
(254) 666-5190
John Tibbs, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Meridian State Park Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: In Meridian State Park, Bosque County
Surface area: 50 acres
Maximum depth: 45 feet
Impounded: 1933

Water Conditions

Fluctuation: 1-3 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderate

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
(254) 435-2536

Aquatic Vegetation

Cattail, bulrush, water willow, American lotus

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History

Lake Maps

Available at state park office

Fishing Regulations

This state park lake has special regulations on some fishes. See local bag limits, size limits and gear restrictions. For anglers using motorboats, the entire lake is a no-wake zone.

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

Stained to murky water,with a variety of shallow emergent aquatic vegetation and isolated laydowns, provide plenty of cover for fish. The structure along the dam holds a variety of fish species, as well as artificial brush piles which have been placed within the lake.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass can be caught using spinner baits, buzz baits, and plastic worms fished through and around vegetation at 1- to 4-foot depths. Shallow-diving crank baits can also be productive. Channel catfish are caught by drift fishing or tight lining with stink bait or shad.  Crappie can be caught from shallow brush piles on live minnows or jigs. Sunfish are caught on live worms and crickets around shallow brush and riprap.