TPWD District Fisheries Office

11810 FM 848
Tyler, Texas 75707
(903) 566-2161
Jake Norman, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

Nearby State Parks


Lake Waxahachie

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Prong Creek 2 miles south of Waxahachie off FM 877
Surface area: 656 acres
Maximum depth: 48 feet
Impounded: 1956

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 531 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderate

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Waxahachie
PO Box 757
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(214) 937-7330

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Lake Waxahachie offers big city anglers a chance to get away from it all. Largemouth bass are abundant, but not as large as they are in some other lakes. Due to the relatively alkaline water, catfish and white crappie provide excellent opportunities. White bass are abundant, especially during the spring.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth bass     yes  
Channel catfish       yes
Blue catfish   yes    
Crappie     yes  
White bass     yes  
Fishing Cover/Structure

Submerged native vegetation forms a fringe around the shallow margin of the lake. Pondweed, najas, and chara are abundant. There is some hydrilla near the dam but the coverage of this species has declined in recent years. Limestone bluffs and some inundated timber offer additional structure.

Tips & Tactics

Anglers find that crappie are easy to locate along the face of the dam and along the limestone bluffs on the east side of the lake. Largemouth bass primarily use the stands of vegetation, but can also be found along the dam. Catfish readily take organic baits such as worms, liver, or stinkbait. White bass tend to school in the spring to feed on shad; watch for schools as the birds feed overhead.