TPWD District Fisheries Office

5325 N. 3rd
Abilene, Texas 79603
(325) 692-0921
Michael Homer, Biologist

About the Area

Proctor Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Sabana and Leon rivers in Comanche County, off US 67 between the towns of Comanche and Proctor
Surface area: 4,537 acres
Maximum depth: 34 feet
Impounded: 1963

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,162 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, sometimes prone to long periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Slightly stained to stained with visibility up to 3 feet

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Army Corps of Engineers
Rt. 1, Box 71A
Comanche, Texas 76442
(254) 879-2424

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All fishes are managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Proctor Lake supports tremendous populations of bass, shad, and crappie. It is recognized as one of the best hybrid striped bass lakes in the state. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1979.

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

Lake Proctor is characterized by acres of standing timber and willow trees in the upper end. When the water level is high, there are many more acres of black willow trees and buttonbush. Some areas present rocky cover and structure. In 2016, TPWD worked with local partner organizations to install brush piles and artificial reefs to provide additional cover for fish. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate these structures.

Use the Habitat Structure Viewer for an interactive map of fish habitat structures and downloadable GPS coordinates.

Tips & Tactics

Trolling striper jigs and drift fishing live shad in the lower end of the reservoir works well. Keep an eye out for surface activity. Following the birds will often key in on schools of shad and hybrids. Crappie and catfish fishing can be very good at the spillway. Flipping plastic worms and jigs is probably the most effective technique for largemouth bass.