TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
(903) 786-2389
Dan Bennett, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • TLC Tackle, Gainesville
    (940) 665-4326
  • Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
    (940) 665-2831

Nearby State Parks


Moss Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: Approximately 10 miles northwest of Gainesville on FM 1201
Surface area: 1,140 acres
Maximum depth: 68 feet
Impounded: 1960

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 715 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Modest
Normal Clarity: Fairly clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Gainesville, (940) 668-4500

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent vegetation includes water willow. Native submerged vegetation includes muskgrass and coontail. Native floating-leaved American pondweed and non-native yellow floating-heart are present.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

This reservoir has special regulations on bass. See bag and size limits.

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

There is standing timber in the upper part of both creek arms and abundant submersed aquatic vegetation. There are submerged creek channels, humps, and a standing bridge along with scattered boat houses.

Tips & Tactics

Anglers fishing for largemouth and spotted bass will do best in the spring, fall, and winter. Harvest of abundant Spotted Bass is encouraged to reduce competition with Largemouth Bass. Crawdad-colored crankbaits and chartreuse/white spinners can produce nice fish along rocky banks and mainlake points. Worm fishing along timber and brush will produce some big bass in the spring. The lake is full of small spotted bass that are fun to catch on small tubes or small craw worms. Look for crappie in the timber just after the spawn in late spring to early summer. They go deep in warm or cold weather. Boat houses also produce crappie fished with jigs or minnows. Channel catfish are caught best on punch baits or other stink baits.