Purtis Creek State Park Lake
Location: On Purtis Creek off FM 316 at
Eustace, 12 miles north of Athens
Surface area: 349 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 315 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Sparse along shore and in coves; primarily emergent species
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map.
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.
Purtis Creek State Park is best known for its largemouth bass fishery. This species has been subject to a special catch-and-release-only rule since the lake opened to the public in 1988. Channel catfish are stocked annually and grow rapidly, providing an excellent fishery from both fishing piers. Crappie anglers frequently catch daily limits of these popular fish..
This state park lake was designed specifically for fishing. Much of the inundated timber is still standing in the upper half of the lake and in the back of most coves. Hydrilla was a problem in the past, but the park staff currently has this invasive plant under control.
Unlike most Texas reservoirs, Purtis Creek shows its highest catch rates for really big largemouth bass in late summer. Bass anglers have very good success using live goldfish from the west fishing pier.