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Lake Information for Canyon Lake


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District welcomes you to Canyon Lake, located in South Central Texas. Our mission: supply water to local municipalities, to provide flood damage reduction to the Guadalupe River Basin below the lake, and to offer some of the best water recreation activities in Texas.
Maximum depth: 125 feet
Impounded: 1964
Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 909 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

Facilities and Parks: 

The Army Corps of Engineers operates seven major parks on the shores of Canyon Lake. Several others are managed by Comal County. Some of these parks provide campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, boat ramps, and opportunities for shoreline fishing. An entrance and/or boat ramp fee is charged at most parks.

Fishing Description: 

Largemouth bass is the most popular and most abundant sportfish in the reservoir. White bass and striped bass also provide an excellent fishery. Stripers provide excellent angling because of their growth potential and strong fighting characteristics. An annual TPWD stocking program maintains the fishery because striped bass do not successfully reproduce in this reservoir. Crappie fishing is generally poor, although occasionally good catches can be made, especially along standing timber in the river. Angling for redbreast sunfish can provide an excellent fishing experience for the family. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in good numbers. Smallmouth bass are also present in small numbers. They tend to prefer rocky habitat found in main lake areas.
Fishing Cover/Structure

Canyon Lake is dominated by steep rocky banks, isolated flooded timber, and clear water typical of a highland reservoir. The water becomes stained as one moves up the reservoir and into the river. In most of the lake rock ledges, rock piles, steep drop-offs, flooded timber, and a few marinas provide cover for game fish. The river portion of the reservoir is dominated by flooded timber, rock ledges, and laydowns. When the water level is high, largemouth bass anglers should concentrate on the flooded terrestrial vegetation.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on Canyon Lake during the spring, fall, and winter months. Bass fishing in summer on this highland reservoir can be difficult even for the most experienced anglers. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, and Pop-R's are popular in the early morning and evening hours. On cloudy days consistent topwater action can occur all day. Crankbaits are also very popular fished along main-lake points, rocky shorelines, and flooded timber. Popular soft plastic baits include worms, spider grubs, grubs, and soft-jerkbaits. Try spinning gear and light line (6-10 lb.) in main-lake clear water situations.

For white and striped bass in the summer and early fall, look for schooling activity around main-lake points and humps. These fish can be caught using topwater baits, jigging spoons, grubs, and rattletraps. Popular techniques for striped bass are trolling with in-line spinners and crankbaits and vertically jigging white bucktail jigs. Live bait presentations for both striped and white bass are popular at all times of the year. White bass spawning migrations occur from February through April. During these months, white and striped bass can be concentrated in the river portion of the reservoir. Anglers catch them using small in-line spinners, small jigs, jigging spoons, small crankbaits, and live bait presentations.

Catfish anglers can find channel, blue, and flathead catfish throughout the reservoir. Channel catfish dominate the fishery. Stinkbait and cutbait work well for channel and blue catfish, while live bait is preferred for flathead catfish. The most consistent catches come from the upper third of the reservoir. Trotlining is very popular for flathead catfish.

Directions to Lake: 

On the Guadalupe River, 16 miles northwest of New Braunfels in Comal County
Canyon Lake is located in the beautiful hill country of Texas, halfway between Austin and San Antonio. To reach the lake from Interstate Highway 35 near New Braunfels, drive West on FM 306 for 15 miles. From 281, drive East on FM 306 for 12 miles.

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

Bait & Tackle

    Minnow Moe's Bait & Tackle
  • 8614 Fm-725 - McQueeney, TX
  • (830) 557-5008
    Matt's Bait & Tackle
  • 5588 State Park Rd - Lockhart, TX
  • (512) 398-6899
    Pokey's Bait Tackle & Bar
  • 9260 Fm-78, #C - Converse, TX
  • (210) 658-9060

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Lakeview Restaurant
  • Fm-306 & Canyon Park Rd - Canyon Lake, TX
  • (830) 935-2980
    Daisy Duke's Bar N Grill
  • 145 Fm-2673 - Canyon Lake, TX
  • (830) 964-4464
    Daisy Dukes Bar N Grill
  • 1452 Fm-2673 - Canyon Lake, TX
  • (830) 964-4499

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