TPWD District Fisheries Office

900 CR 218
Brookeland, Texas 75931
(409) 698-9114
Todd Driscoll, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Park


Timpson Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: Four miles northeast of Garrison off US 59
Surface area: 223 acres
Maximum depth: 35 feet
Impounded: 1956

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level: Shelby County Freshwater Supply District (936) 254-3388
Conservation Pool Elevation: 292 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-3 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Shelby County Freshwater Supply District
PO Box 106
Timpson, Texas 75972
(936) 254-2421

Aquatic Vegetation

Primarily native emergent vegetation

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available from controlling authority

Fishing Regulations

This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.

Angling Opportunities

The most popular game fish at Timpson Reservoir is the largemouth bass. Numbers of bass are relatively high and an excellent fishery exists. Due to the 14-21 inch slot limit, Timpson produces a good number of trophy-sized bass. Crappie and catfish are present in the reservoir, but numbers are relatively low and few anglers target these species. Bluegill and redear sunfish provide fair fishing, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.

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

Habitat in Timpson Reservoir consists of standing timber, boat docks, and emergent vegetation. Game fish are typically found around vegetation edges, points, boat docks, and creek channels.

Tips & Tactics

Anglers are most successful at catching largemouth bass during the fall, winter, and spring months. Due to cooler water temperatures, fish are active for longer periods of the day and are typically found in shallow water. A variety of baits and techniques will work during these times. When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits will catch bass. During the hot summer, the bite slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning, late evening, and at night. Poppers, propeller baits, and stickbaits are good topwater choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, most bass are concentrated around boat docks and deep creek channel ledges. During this time, plastic worms and jigs are the preferred baits. Sunfish, especially bluegill and redear sunfish, can be caught year-round but fishing peaks during the late spring or summer when fish are on their spawning beds. Small jigs, spinners, and crickets all catch sunfish.