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Lake Info: Houston, Texas


Lake Houston is a reservoir on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown Houston, Texas, USA. The reservoir is the primary municipal water supply for the city of Houston and much of the surrounding area.
Situated between the suburbs of Humble (pronounced Umble, with a silent H), Kingwood and Atascocita on the west bank, and Huffman and Crosby on the east, the south end of the lake is spanned by an earthen dam.

The reservoir was created in 1953 when the City of Houston built the dam to impound a reservoir to replace Sheldon Lake, then the primary source of water for the city. The city sold Sheldon Lake to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use as a waterfowl sanctuary and public fishing site.

Aquatic Vegetation
Various flooded terrestrial and native emergent plants along with exotic species water hyacinth, alligatorweed, and water lettuce

Facilities and Parks: 

Commercial facilities in the upper reservoir offer camping, boat access, fishing and other services. One City of Houston park, Deussen Park, located near the dam, offers boat and bank fishing access. Bank access is also available under the FM 1960 bridge. For emergencies, contact Lake Patrol (281) 324-2250.

Fishing Description: 

Lake Houston has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Houston include catfish, largemouth bass, white crappie, and bluegill.

Angling Opportunities
Largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are fair in areas where habitat can be found. Blue catfish are the dominant sportfish and are good in most areas of the reservoir particularly along the channels of the east and west forks of the San Jacinto River. White bass catches can be good during the spring spawning run up in the east and west forks.

Fishing Cover/Structure
Very little cover and structural habitat exists in this reservoir except in the upper areas in the west and east forks of the San Jacinto River.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Jigs and spoons are productive for white bass in the spring up in the river channels. Stink baits and live shad work for catfish along channels with trotlines or rod and reel.

Blue Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    East Houston Bait & Tackle
  • 7310 S Lake Houston Pky - Houston, TX
  • (281) 458-3360
    Gyb Bait & Tackle
  • 715 Holiday Dr - Galveston, TX
  • (409) 762-3168

Boat Rental

    Central Boat Rentals
  • 2100 Bering Dr - Houston, TX
  • (281) 394-2840
    Central Boat Rentals Incorporated
  • 23127 Redberry Ln - Katy, TX
  • (281) 394-2840

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Maxwell's Grille
  • 19340 W Lake Houston Pky - Humble, TX
  • (281) 812-6297
    Trophy Club Bar & Restaurant
  • 1050 W Rankin Rd, Ste 280 - Houston, TX
  • (281) 875-1050

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