TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
(903) 786-2389
Dan Bennett, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Weatherford Chamber of Commerce
    401 Fort Worth Street
    Weatherford, Texas 76086
    (817) 598-4000

Nearby State Parks


Lake Weatherford

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: East of Weatherford off US 80/180, 19 miles from downtown Fort Worth
Surface area: 1,158 acres
Maximum depth: 39 feet
Impounded: 1957

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 896 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2 to 8 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear to stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Weatherford
PO Box 255
Weatherford, Texas 76086
(817) 598-4000

Aquatic Vegetation

Little vegetation exists in the deeper lower lake. Cattails and American lotus can be found in the upper lake.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

None available

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

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

Piers, boat houses, and rip-rap along the dam provide cover for game fish. Man-made brush piles exist throughout the lower lake.

Tips & Tactics

Spinner baits and worms work for largemouth bass in the spring and fall. Crankbaits are best in the summer. Catfish fishing is good year round in this lake with chicken gizzards, blood bait, and crawfish being baits of choice. Crappie are best in winter and spring. Excellent catches are had in the enclosed fishing dock and the marina. Minnows are bait of choice followed by jigs. Brush piles provide great catches of crappie. White bass often surface off the dam in the summer, otherwise they can be caught by trolling shad mimicking crankbaits. Several species of sunfish are available. They are best caught in the summer on small hooks baited with worms under a very small cork. Lots of fun and good to eat, too!

Twelve aeration diffusers are located near the dam. At certain times of the year, multiple diffusers can be in operation, causing bubbles to rise to the lake surface. This can attract baitfish and other predatory fish such as crappie or bass. Live minnows, shad, or baits mimicking these species can be used effectively in these areas.