Lake Tyler

About The Lake

Location: On Mud and Prairie creeks, southeast of Tyler off Texas 64
Surface area: 2,224 acres (Tyler West)
2,276 acres (Tyler East)
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Impounded: 1949 (west) and 1966 (east)

Water Conditions
Conservation Pool Elevation: 375 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Predominant Fish Species
  • Largemouth bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Sunfish
Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed with statewide regulations.

A canal connects Lake Tyler East with Lake Tyler West. Both lakes have a great reputation as consistent largemouth bass fisheries. They are popular with tournament anglers and host frequent night tournaments during the summer. Most fish are in the 2- to 8-lb class with a few over 10 lbs. Crappie are not as abundant as at some other lakes, but size distribution us usually good and few need to be released due to small size. Sunfishes (bluegill, redear, and redbreast) provide excellent opportunity for bait or fly fishing anglers.
Fishing Structure

Aquatic vegetation is abundant in the upper end of both lakes. Tyler East has good stands of native vegetation and abundant hydrilla. Tyler West has less hydrilla than native plants; the species has not become problematic, perhaps due to water level fluctuation and seasonal consumption by waterfowl.

Fishing Tips

Although fishing in both lakes can be good all year, boating and personal watercraft activity can become very intense during summer months. Many anglers find that early morning and late evening are more peaceful times to fish

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