TPWD District Fisheries Office

3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
(325) 651-5556
Lynn Wright, Biologist

About the Area

Nearby State Parks


Winters-Elm Creek Reservoir

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

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Elm Creek in Runnels County, 6 miles east of Winters
Surface area: 337 acres
Maximum depth: 32 feet
Impounded: 1983

Public Access Facilities

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,898 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4-6 ft. annually
Normal Clarity: moderately stained

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Winters
310 S. Main
Winters, TX 79567
(325) 754-4424

Aquatic Vegetation

Limited amounts of emergent and floating vegetation are present

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

Fishing for largemouth bass is fair, though some large fish have been caught. Crappie fishing is good in the spring when fish are shallow. Large blue catfish have been caught in this reservoir.


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

The upper end of the reservoir has significant amounts submerged timber.

Use the Habitat Structure Viewer for an interactive map of fish habitat structures and downloadable GPS coordinates.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass are caught by fishing minnows, crank-baits, spinner baits, plastic worms, and top-water baits around the areas with rocks, flooded terrestrial vegetation, or drop-offs. Catfish are caught all over the reservoir with live and prepared baits. Crappie are caught with minnows and small jigs along steep drop-off and rock ledges. Using live minnows from the fishing pier can also produce good numbers of crappie.