Weekend Angler: Dallas/Fort Worth

Practicalities
By Paul A. Caqada
  |  Gorp.com

Game fish: Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass, flathead catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, crappie, sunfish, sand bass, and a remnant walleye population.

Lures and flies: Tackle: 9-foot flyrod for 6-to-8-weight line (sinktip or sinking lines are ideal here for deeper water but floating lines are fine for the shallow water). Bait and spincasters will want an outfit with some backbone as well — a medium to heavy 6 1/2-foot bait-casting rod, and a medium to heavy 7-foot spin-casting rod would do the trick. For smallmouth and shallow water applications, keep your mono in the 8-pound test range but you can go with 1217 pound test line for the deeper water applications.

Size & depth: Surface area at top pool is 3,228 acres. Maximum depth is approximately 125 feet and the average depth is 47 feet.

Location: Approximately 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Squaw Creek Park is accessed off of State Highway 144, which runs north and south between Highway 67 and 377.

History: In 1979, TU Electric impounded Squaw Creek. The impoundment provides cooling water for the Comanche Creek Nuclear Power Plant. The reservoir is currently managed by TU Electric and so is subject to special regulations, including emergency evacuation procedures, issued by the federal government.

Fly and tackle shops: Orvis Dallas, (214) 265-1600; Barlow's, (972) 231-5982; Bass Pro Shops, (972) 724-2018; Westbank Anglers, (214) 350-4665; Fishin' World, (214) 484-6505.

Access and park info: The reservoir is only accessible through Squaw Creek Park, open between 6 a.m. and an hour before dark, Thursday through Monday. However, the schedule does change and so anglers would be smart to call park management (817-573-7053) for current schedule and regulations. The park has four boat ramps, a fishing pier, a swimming area, plenty of shoreline access, picnic tables, and parking. There are tent and RV sites (located outside the restricted area and away from the lake) available. An admission and launch fee is charged. One of the better maps on Squaw Creek is made by Super Marketing and is available in most DFW Metroplex sporting goods stores and tackle shops.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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