TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 116
Mathis, Texas 78368
(361) 547-6222, dial 5 Ext:241
Dusty McDonald, Biologist



Lake Placid

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

BOATER ADVISORY: Zebra mussels have invaded this reservoir! CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY your boat, trailer, livewells/bait buckets, and other gear before traveling to another water body. Draining water is required by law and possession and transport of zebra mussels is illegal.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Guadalupe River watershed in Guadalupe County, a half mile southwest of Seguin
Surface area: 198 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Impounded: 1928

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 497.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Generally stable but can fluctuate 3-5 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear to partly stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
933 E. Court St.
Seguin, Texas 78155
(830) 379-5822

Aquatic Vegetation

Many native aquatic plant species are present, including cattail, pondweeds, American lotus, spatterdock, water willow and rushes. Most are restricted to the shallow areas and edges of the river channel. Introduced exotics such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, and hydrilla have caused access problems in the past.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Maps are available from the GBRA (830) 379-5822.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth bass and white crappie are the most popular sportfish in the reservoir. Largemouth bass are abundant with frequent reports of large fish being boated. Spotted bass are there, too, and provide good fishing. Although crappie fishing varies from year to year, respectable catches are not uncommon in the cooler months of the year. Channel catfish are the most abundant catfish species, although blue catfish are present in moderate numbers. Bluegill, redear and other sunfish species are abundant and can provide excellent fishing for the young and old.

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

Habitat in Lake Placid consists primarily of boat docks, piers, bulkheads, overhanging brush, and floating-leaf vegetation. Isolated submerged trees, stumps, and brush can be found throughout the reservoir, providing excellent ambush and resting cover for most game fish species. The upper portion of the reservoir contains rock and gravel within the river channel, while the lower portion consists of steep banks with a mud and clay bottom.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on Lake Placid during the spring, fall, and winter months. Popular baits include spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits, and unweighted soft plastic worms or jerkbaits. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, or Pop-R's, presented very early or very late in the day near visible cover, are popular and can be productive throughout the day if cloud cover is present. Flipping jigs, plastic worms, or tube baits in shaded cover are often productive when other baits fail to produce.

Crappie fishing is usually best with live minnows near submerged brush in the cooler months of the year, although small jigs in white, pink, or black and chartreuse also produce nice catches when dabbled near submerged brush or vegetation.

Catfish anglers can find channel catfish throughout the reservoir. Blue catfish numbers vary from year to year but still provide a fishery. Although most catfish anglers prefer deeper water, blue and channel cats are often found in relatively shallow areas near flooded terrestrial vegetation. Cheesebait and cutbait produce good catches, while live minnows, bluegill, or shad sometimes pay off with larger fish.

Sunfish species such as bluegill and redear are abundant in Lake Placid and can provide hours of enjoyment fishing with worms or crickets under a bobber.