Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
Location: Five miles west of Belton off
Surface area: 6,429 acres
Maximum depth: 107 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 622 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3-4 feet
Normal Clarity: Very clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Corps of Engineers
Belton/Stillhouse Hollow Lake
3740 FM 1670
Belton, Texas 76513
Predominant Fish Species
Available at local tackle shops
All species are currently managed with statewide regulations.
Zebra mussels have been found in waters close to Stillhouse Hollow. Before leaving the lake, boaters and anglers will need to empty all bait buckets, live wells, bilges, and any other receptacles, containers, or systems that could contain water in order to avoid spreading microscopic mussel larvae. The same restrictions apply to the Lampasas River below the dam, downstream to where it meets the Leon River. A person who travels on a public roadway via the most direct route to another access point located on the same body of water needn't drain water until leaving for a different water body or other destination. Boaters are also required by law to remove any visible mussels or exotic vegetation from boats, trailers and other equipment. For more details, see Possession and Transport of Exotic Aquatic Species.
Stillhouse Hollow is an extremely clear and deep reservoir. The main lake area is dominated by steep rocky shoreline with limited amounts of standing timber. There are also numerous beds of hydrilla in the lower lake. The upper lake and river areas are slightly stained with numerous laydowns, brushpiles, and standing timber.
Largemouth bass fishing is best during spring and fall when water temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s. At first light, topwater baits fished on rocky points or over hydrilla beds can be good. Later in the day, drop a heavy jig or large worm into matted hydrilla in 5'-15' of water. Smallmouth bass can be good year round. Topwaters and crankbaits fished around rocky points and riprap can be very productive. Channel catfish can be caught throughout the year. Drift fishing with shad across the flats is usually good. Trotlining is best in the upper lake. Flathead catfish are most often caught by trotliners using live sunfish on the upper lake. Crappie are caught most often in cedar bushes and other submerged brushpiles. White bass fishing is best in early spring during the spawn which occurs upriver from the lake, usually in March.