TPWD District Fisheries Office

5325 N. 3rd
Abilene, Texas 79603
(325) 692-0921
Michael Homer, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

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Hubbard Creek Reservoir

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


Lake Characteristics

Location: On Sandy Creek, Hubbard Creek and Brushy Creek in Stephens County, 51 miles northeast of Abilene and about five miles west of Breckenridge
Surface area: 14,922 acres
Maximum depth: 60 feet
Impounded: 1962

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,183 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, sometimes prone to long periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Slightly stained to clear with visibility up to 6 feet

Reservoir Controlling Authority

West Central Texas Municipal Water District
410 Hickory Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 673-8254

Aquatic Vegetation

Bulrush, floating-leaf pondweed and hydrilla

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Contour maps are available at local sporting goods stores.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations. Anglers are reminded to consult the current fishing regulation booklet to verify these regulations are still in effect.

Angling Opportunities

When the reservoir is full, it is known for excellent white crappie and white bass fishing in Hubbard and Sandy Creeks in late fall and winter. Hubbard Creek Lake is also a popular choice for largemouth bass anglers, especially tournament anglers. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1979. Catfishing is often underrated: the lake supports good populations of catfish, especially blue catfish.

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

Hubbard Creek Lake has abundant standing timber, brush, boat docks, black willow trees, buttonbush, and aquatic vegetation. Rocky structure and cover are also abundant. Hydrilla was found in the reservoir in 1998 and is primarily located around the Tanglewood Island area, the dam, and in Enco slough.

Tips & Tactics

Look for white crappie and white bass fishing in Hubbard and Sandy Creeks in late fall and throughout the winter. A very effective technique during this time is to locate brush in 10-15 feet of water in the creek channel and vertically fish a minnow or small jig. Flipping bulrush, standing timber and brush is very effective for largemouth bass. Hubbard Creek Lake is also effectively fished using crankbaits and topwater lures. During late summer and early fall, schools of largemouth and white bass will often feed on the surface around the Tanglewood Island area. Drift fishing shad during the summer is a good technique for blue catfish.


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