Location: 3 miles southwest of Jacksonville off US 79
Surface area: 1,320 acres
Maximum depth: 62 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 422 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear to fairly clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Jacksonville Municipal Water Supply
PO Box 1390
Jacksonville, Texas 75766
Predominant Fish Species
Lake maps are available from the City of Jacksonville
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake. A Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect: if a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.
Jacksonville can be a difficult lake to fish, but it has produced largemouth bass in excess of 15 pounds. Spotted bass are also present in this lake. Crappie are not particularly abundant but are usually well above the 10-inch minimum length. The catfish population is limited by largemouth bass predation and catch rates can be low.
Although hydrilla was a problem in the past, the City of Jacksonville has enacted an integrated management plan using chemical, biological, and environmental intervention to combat the problem. The topography of Lake Jacksonville is steeper than most East Texas lakes and features abundant iron ore rock substrate on points and riprap along the dam. Angling success is best on deep structure, brush piles, and around lighted piers.
Anglers need to find deep structure to catch many fish. Look for largemouth bass along the face of the dam and around patches of native vegetation in Cat Creek and Byrd Branch. Dropoffs along the island across from the marina can also be productive.