TPWD District Fisheries Office

2122 Old Henderson Highway
Tyler, TX 75707
(903) 593-5077
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

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Sulphur Springs Lake

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On White Oak Creek, a tributary of the Sulphur River, 2 miles northwest of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County
Surface area: 1,340 acres
Maximum depth: 28 feet
Impounded: 1973

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 458.95 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Turbid

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Sulphur Springs
(903) 885-7541

Aquatic Vegetation

The most abundant aquatic species is American lotus, which is concentrated in the upper end of the reservoir. The high turbidity of the water inhibits growth of submerged vegetation. During periods of high water levels, flooded terrestrial vegetation and native emergent species can provide additional habitat.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

No topographic maps of this lake are available.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed with statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

The quality of the crappie fishery is fair, with a population dominated by many small individuals with few larger fish. Blue and channel catfish are present, and the population of  blue catfish contains a high percentage of harvestable fish. Largemouth bass are uncommon and their limited numbers do not support a fishery.

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

When Sulphur Springs Lake was built, it flooded two existing reservoirs, Century Lake and White Oak Lake. This reservoir is shallow and turbid with little available habitat, conditions which are not favorable to the development of largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie fisheries. Aquatic vegetation is scarce and the lake has few areas of flooded timber.

Tips & Tactics

Prepared and cut-baits work well for blue catfish when fishing around the dam that separates the lower and upper ends of the reservoir.