TPWD District Fisheries Office

2122 Old Henderson Hwy.
Tyler, Texas 75702
(903) 593-5077
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Lake Quitman

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Dry Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County 5 miles north of Quitman
Surface area: 814 acres
Maximum depth: 25 feet
Impounded: 1962

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 395 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Wood County District 1
(903) 878-2238

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Largemouth bass is a popular sportfish in this lake. The quality of the crappie fishery is sporadic. Bluegill and redear sunfish provide an additional fishery. Channel catfish have been stocked and have increased in abundance in recent years.

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

Flooded timber, boat houses and brush piles provide limited cover. Aquatic vegetation is sparse. Alligatorweed and water hyacinth are present and are problematic in some areas.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on this reservoir during the spring, fall, and winter months. Topwater baits are popular in the early morning and evening hours. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished along main-lake points and in flooded timber are also productive. Popular soft plastic baits include worms, tubes, grubs, and soft-jerkbaits. Crappie anglers often concentrate on standing timber, brush piles, and flooded roadbeds. Using sonar to locate the old river channel and schools of shad will often lead you to crappie and catfish. For channel catfish, prepared baits such as blood or stink-baits work well. The timber surrounding the large island in the northern portion of the lake will hold catfish during most times of the year.