TPWD District Fisheries Office

P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
Niki Harbison-Ragan, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks

  • Lake Somerville
    Nails Creek Unit (979) 289-2392
    Birch Creek Unit (979) 535-7763

Lake Somerville

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

Some parks and boat ramps are closed due to high water or flood damage. Check the Army Corps of Engineers and State Parks Alert Map for updates.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Yegua Creek in Washington County, 30 miles from Bryan/College Station
Surface area: 11,456 acres
Maximum depth: 38 feet
Impounded: 1967

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 238 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Low to moderate, 1-6 feet
Normal Clarity: Slightly stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Army Corps of Engineers
1560 Thornberry Drive
Somerville, Texas 77879
(979) 596-1622

Aquatic Vegetation

American lotus, hydrilla

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available at the Corps of Engineers project office

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

White bass anglers know this lake well as a high quality fishery, especially during the spring spawning run. However the lake offers very good fishing for hybrid striped bass, channel catfish and crappie as well. Largemouth bass fishing is very good with catches of fish up to 10 pounds plus. In March 2009, angler Richard Vela caught a lake record largemouth bass weighing 13.6 pounds and donated the fish to the ShareLunker Program, the first donation to the program from Lake Somerville.

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

TPWD has installed commercial fish habitat structure in this reservoir. Anglers may use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate the attractors.

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

Tips & Tactics

Both white bass and hybrid striped bass can be taken in the creeks in early spring, usually beginning in mid February. During summer and fall these two species can be found in open water following schooling shad. The area off Welch Park is particularly good just before the spring spawning run.