TPWD District Fisheries Office

409 Chester
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940) 766-2383
Wes Dutter, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Palo Pinto Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: In Palo Pinto County, 79 miles southwest of Fort Worth
Surface area: 2,399 acres
Maximum depth: 47 feet
Impounded: 1964

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 867 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 5 feet
Normal Clarity: 1-2 feet visibility

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Palo Pinto Co Municipal Water District No. 1
PO Box 387
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067
(940) 328-7712

Aquatic Vegetation

Some standing bulrushes

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

Rocky shoreline; numerous boat docks found throughout the lake

Tips & Tactics

Fish rocky points throughout the lake, lighted boat docks at night. There is a peak-demand power plant located on this reservoir, which will raise water temperatures when it's operating but does not provide consistent winter fishing.