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Lake Information for Cedar Creek Reservoir


Cedar Creek Reservoir is a man-made reservoir located in Henderson and Kaufman Counties, Texas (USA), 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Dallas. It is built on Cedar Creek, which flows into the Trinity River. Floodwaters are discharged through a gated spillway into a discharge channel that connects to the Trinity River.
The lake has a drainage area of over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km²). The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintains three islands, totalling 160 acres (65 ha), as a Wildlife Management Area for aquatic birds.[1] The lake is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, and supplies water to Fort Worth and other cities and water districts in Tarrant and Johnson counties.[2] Construction on the lake began in 1961, and was completed in 1965.
Towns on or near the lake include Kemp, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Enchanted Oaks, Eustace, Caney City, Malakoff, Star Harbor, Trinidad, Tool and Seven Points. Its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex makes it a popular weekend getaway.
15 miles west of Athens in the area between US 175 and Texas 274
Maximum depth: 53 feet

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent, submergent and floating, light in coves and creek arms in lower end of the lake

Facilities and Parks: 

Access is available at two public boat ramps and several private marinas. Some private ramps may be difficult to use under low-water conditions. Campsites or RV hookups are available at several marinas.

Fishing Description: 

The predominant fish species of Cedar Creek Lake are Blue catfish, Channel catfish, Flathead catfish, Largemouth bass, White bass, Hybrid striped bass, and Crappie. The best fishing areas for Largemouth bass are in the southern portion of the lake, where the water is clearer, especially the southern third of the lake in the large coves and inlets. The lake's record Largemouth bass weighed 14.65 pounds (6.52 kg). Catfish can be found everywhere, with more Blues than Channels. Fishing is particularly good in the spring and into summer. Due to the many smaller streams, creeks, and run-offs flowing into the lake, running jug lines in the channels of the many coves using goldfish, shad, and small perch, make very good Blue catfish, and Flathead (Yellow) catfish fishing grounds.
Largemouth bass angling is best in the lower end of the reservoir where the water is clear. The lake record weighed 14.65 pounds. Catfishes are abundant, with more blues than channel cats in the legal size range. Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually and the lake record is 13.19 pounds.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Most submerged vegetation is located in the backs of coves in the lower end of the reservoir. Some emergent vegetation is present in the upper end but water is very shallow. Look for submersed islands across the lake from the confluence of Clear and Caney creeks.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Anglers generally follow the birds to find schools of white bass and hybrids. Action can be good all year but is particularly good in the spring. Look for largemouth bass in the weedy back ends of coves in the lower third of the lake. Use cut shad or live bait for blue catfish.

Largemouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Striped Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Hawgy's Bait & Tackle
  • 709 N Virginia St, Ste 20 - Terrell, TX
  • (972) 620-6320
    Crouch Bait & Tackle
  • 1926 Fm-315 - Chandler, TX
  • (903) 849-4920

Boat Rental

    Boat House
  • 9928 S Us Highway 287 - Corsicana, TX
  • (903) 875-1500

Vacation Rental

    Country Side Inn
  • 1614 W Royall Blvd - Malakoff, TX
  • (903) 489-0400

Bar and Restaurant

    Hickory Fare Bar-B-Que
  • - Tyler, TX
  • (903) 561-8881
    Sam's Original Bar-B-Q
  • 390 I-45 N - Fairfield, TX
  • (903) 389-3877

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