Richland Chambers Lake Fishing

 

Angler Education

Budweiser Sharelunker Program

Fisheries Management

Recreational Fishing

 

Lake Characteristics

Location: On Richland and Chambers creeks, east-southeast of Corsicana on US 287
Surface area: 41,356 acres
Maximum depth: 75 feet
Impounded: 1987

 

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 314 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 3 feet
Normal Clarity: Cloudy to moderately clear

 

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Tarrant County Water Control
Rt. 1, Box 1660
Streetman, Texas 75859
(903) 389-3928

 

Aquatic Vegetation

Moderate to light vegetation in coves and creek arms; some beds of floating pondweed and water stargrass along the shoreline

 

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History

 

Lake Map

Public Access Facilities

 

Fishing Regulations

Statewide regulations apply to all fishes.

 

Angling Opportunities

Richland Chambers is an excellent choice for anglers seeking catfishes, crappie, white bass or hybrid stripers. Angling for largemouth bass can be very good where anglers can find vegetation and clear water; however, these areas are somewhat limited in size compared to the lake surface. Many anglers set jug lines for catfishes and go after schooling white bass and hybrids while waiting for jug line action. Richland Chambers produces abundant crappie (both black and white) and may be the area's most consistent fishery for these fishes.

 

Species

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Largemouth Bass

Catfish

Crappie

White & Hybrid Striped Bass

Sunfish

 

Photo Courtesy of Larry D. Hodge, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Jeremy Bruton of Blooming Grove caught Budweiser ShareLunker No. 446 from Richland-Chambers Reservoir. The 13.05-pound fish was 25.25 inches long and 22 inches in girth.

 

Fishing Cover/Structure

Native pondweeds are abundant in Big Cedar Creek and along the south bank of the Chambers Creek arm. Hydrilla is scattered along the south bank of the Richland Creek arm from Midway Marina west to the railroad trestle and from 7L ramp south to Pin Oak Creek. The old Trinity River levee forms a crescent-shaped underwater structure between the confluence of the Richland and Chambers creek arms and the dam.

 

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass anglers should look for fish congregated around underwater structure where they can be caught with jigging spoons and deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie anglers will have success with jigs or minnows near bridge crossings and in the abundant timber in the upper Richland and Chambers creek arms. Catfishes are everywhere; cut bait, stink bait, chicken livers, and worms are all productive. White bass and hybrid stripers are active from the 287 bridge to the dam. Use a graph recorder to find schools of shad or follow the birds to find schooling activity. Heavy jigs or slabs work well when fish are deep.

 

Source:Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/richland_chambers