Location: On the Guadalupe River watershed
in Guadalupe County, seven miles east of New Braunfels off
Surface area: 396 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Pool Elevation: 528.7 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-5 feet
Normal Clarity: Slightly stained to clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
933 E. Court St.
Seguin, Texas 78155
Many native aquatic plant species are present, including cattail, pondweeds, American lotus, spatterdock, and rushes. Most are restricted to shallow areas and the edges of the river channel. Introduced exotics such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, and hydrilla have caused access problems in the past. Although still present, they are not currently at high concentrations.
Predominant Fish Species
Maps are available from the GBRA (830) 379-5822.
This lake has been stocked with triploid grass carp for control of aquatic vegetation. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. All other species are currently managed with statewide regulations.
Largemouth bass and white crappie are the most popular sportfish in the reservoir. Largemouth bass are abundant with frequent reports of large fish being boated. Spotted bass are there, too, in smaller numbers. Although crappie fishing varies from year to year, respectable catches are not uncommon in the cooler months of the year. Channel catfish are the most abundant catfish species, although blue catfish are present in moderate numbers. Bluegill, redear and other sunfish species are abundant and can provide excellent fishing for the young and old.
Habitat in Lake McQueeney consists primarily of boat docks, piers, bulkheads, overhanging brush, and floating-leaf vegetation. Isolated submerged trees, stumps, and brush can be found throughout the reservoir, providing excellent ambush and resting cover for most gamefish species. The upper portion of the reservoir contains rock and gravel within the river channel, while the lower portion consists of steep banks with a mud and clay bottom.
Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on Lake McQueeney during the spring, fall, and winter months. Popular baits include spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits, and unweighted soft plastic worms or jerkbaits. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, or Pop-R's, presented very early or very late in the day near visible cover, are popular and can be productive throughout the day if cloud cover is present. Flipping jigs, plastic worms, or tube baits in shaded cover are often productive when other baits fail to produce. Spotted bass respond to the same baits as largemouth but on a smaller scale. Small jigs, tubes, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are popular baits for spotted bass, particularly in upper portion of the reservoir.
Crappie fishing is usually best with live minnows near submerged brush in the cooler months of the year, although small jigs in white, pink, or black and chartreuse also produce nice catches when dabbled near submerged brush or vegetation. Catfish anglers can find channel and blue catfish throughout the reservoir. Although most catfish anglers prefer deeper water, these fish are often found in relatively shallow areas near flooded terrestrial vegetation. Cheesebait and cutbait produce good catches, while live minnows, bluegill, or shad sometimes pay off with larger fish. Sunfish species, such as bluegill and redear, are abundant in Lake McQueeney and can provide hours of enjoyment fishing with worms or crickets under a bobber.