TPWD District Fisheries Office

District Office
PO Box 835
Canyon, Texas 79015
Charlie Munger, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • City Marina (940) 937-2102

Nearby State Parks

 

Baylor Creek Reservoir

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


Due to low water levels, public boat ramps on this lake are closed. Use the phone numbers provided below for updates on ramp conditions.

Lake Characteristics

Location: 12 miles west of Childress on the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River
Surface area: 610 acres
Maximum depth: 50 ft., mean depth 15 ft.
Impounded: 1950

Water Conditions

Current Water Level: Available at marina, (940) 937-2102
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 ft. annually
Normal Clarity: Clear with 2-4 ft. visibility in lower reservoir; 1-2 ft in upper

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Childress
Rt 1, Box 283
Childress, Texas 79201
(940) 937-3684

Aquatic Vegetation

Limited; some areas of pondweed and flooded trees

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

A general information map is available from the City of Childress (address above) or the lake marina (940) 937-2102.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Both Baylor and Childress have been affected by drought and repeated golden alga blooms. Fishing at these lakes is poor and launching is very difficult. We are watching for a significant water rise and will restock when conditions improve.

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

Most structure in Baylor Lake is created by flooded timber. There are some areas of pondweed as well. The dam and points on the lake offer boulders and rip-rap, while the upper lake has many cut banks and drop-offs. Childress Lake has much more vegetation including pondweed, coontail, cattails, and milfoil. The upper lake has flooded timber, but rock structure is limited.

Tips & Tactics

The best fishing period for largemouth bass is spring when water temperatures reach 55-65 degrees. Carolina rigs, crankbaits, spinners, and pig-n-jig baits are all good options on either of these lakes. Focus on structure, especially where 2 or 3 habitat types meet. For crappie, try fishing minnows near structure along the dam or in the upper reservoir for the best catches.


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