TPWD District Fisheries Office

3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
(325) 651-5556
Lynn Wright, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information


New Ballinger Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: 10 miles west of the city of Ballinger
Surface area: 591 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Impounded: 1984

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,668 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Up to 6 feet/year
Normal Clarity: Stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Ballinger
PO Box 497
Ballinger, Texas 76821
(325) 365-3511

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

New Ballinger Lake went nearly dry in 2011, but filled again in 2012. Fishing will be poor until stockings begin to rebuild fish populations.

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

Rocky structure is available at the dam, while other parts of the lake are mostly gradually-sloping silt or gravel bottom. Cover consists mainly of flooded saltcedar brush.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass are caught on minnows and artificial lures around the flooded saltcedars and rip-rap. White crappie can be caught with minnows or small jigs in the flooded saltcedars. Catfish are caught throughout the lake using live or prepared baits. Fish for walleye using small crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the rocky areas, or drift a minnow on a small jig head in deeper rocky areas.