Richland Chambers Lake Fishing
Location: On Richland and Chambers creeks, east-southeast of Corsicana on US 287
Surface area: 41,356 acres
Maximum depth: 75 feet
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
Moderate to light vegetation in coves and creek arms; some beds of floating pondweed and water stargrass along the shoreline
Predominant Fish Species
Statewide regulations apply to all fishes.
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.
White & Hybrid Striped Bass
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.
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