TPWD District Fisheries Office

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

About the Area

Local Information

  • Muenster City Hall
    (940) 759-2236

Nearby State Parks


Muenster Lake

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

Public Access Facilities

Lake Characteristics

Location: 2 miles west of Muenster on FM 316
Surface area: 309 acres
Maximum depth: 43 feet
Impounded: 2007

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 1018 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-3 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Muenster
400 N Main St.
Muenster, TX 76252
(940) 759-2236

Aquatic Vegetation

Some water-willow and American pondweed

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

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

Fish habitat structures have been placed around the fishing T-pier near the boat ramp. These can attract bass, crappie, and sunfish. Dense standing timber is located throughout the reservoir, providing excellent structure for suspended fish.  Rip-rap along the dam also provides excellent habitat for bass and sunfish. A few submerged pond dams and creek channels also hold fish.

Tips & Tactics

Bass may be caught suspended in timber or along drop-offs in summer at or above the thermocline which usually sets up about 15 feet. In spring, bass will be in shallow water and soft plastics will work well. Bass will stack up in the creek channel in winter in the deepest water and may be caught on deep diving lures or flukes. Crappie can often be found suspended in the standing timber near the original creek channel and may run upstream towards the creek in spring or in shallow coves. Jigs or minnows may work well.  Channel catfish can best be caught on punch bait fished on the lake bottom in summer.  Sunfish can be caught fishing with worms around rip-rap or the fishing pier.