TPWD District Fisheries Office

409 Chester
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940) 766-2383
Wes Dutter, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Wichita Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the south side of the city of Wichita Falls, off Texas Highway 79
Surface area: 1,224 acres
Maximum depth: 9.5 feet
Impounded: 1901

Water Conditions

Current Water Levels: City of Wichita Falls (940) 761-7477
Conservation Pool Elevation: 976 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1 foot

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Wichita Falls
1300 7th Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76307
(940) 761-7477

Aquatic Vegetation

Bulrushes, lotus and cattails

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

Wichita Reservoir has suffered from golden alga fish kills and severe drought in the past.  Since refilling in 2015, the crappie population has exploded. Channel catfish also offer decent angling opportunities. 

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

This is a shallow lake with bulrushes along the shoreline.

Tips & Tactics

Try the riprap along the dam and the old pier poles near there. The floating pier and boardwalk offer good access to catch fish. Catfishing can be good with traditional baits.