TPWD District Fisheries Office

11810 FM 848
Tyler, Texas 75707
(903) 566-2161
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Navarro Mills Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: North of Texas 31 between Waco and Corsicana
Surface area: 5,070 acres
Maximum depth: 49 feet
Impounded: 1963

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 424.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4 feet
Normal Clarity: Muddy

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Army Corps of Engineers
1175 FM 667
Purdon, Texas 76679
(254) 578-1431

Aquatic Vegetation

Sparse, with some floating pondweed and some cattails

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available from the Corps of Engineers project office (254) 578-1431

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Navarro Mills Lake provides excellent opportunity for white crappie and catfish. However, turbid water makes angling for largemouth bass and sunfishes difficult. White bass angling is very good at times.

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

Inundated timber is abundant in the upper end of the lake. However, this shallow water area can be difficult to access during low water periods. Siltation from the watershed has exacerbated this condition. Some vegetation is present in the creeks entering the north side of the lake. Emergent native plant species such as water willow, and smartweed provide a marginal fringe during high water periods. Marine naiad provides some submersed cover near Wolf Creek Park.

Tips & Tactics

Bass anglers should look for patches of pondweed along the north shoreline. Fish these with buzz baits or jig and eel combinations in the spring during the spawn. Catfish and crappie anglers will find live bait works best in the inundated timber in the upper end.