Weekend Angler: Dallas/Fort Worth

Squaw Creek Reservoir
By Paul A. Caqada
  |  Gorp.com

Squaw Creek Reservoir, a nuclear power plant impoundment located between Glen Rose and Granbury (approximately 40 minutes from Fort Worth and 70 minutes from Dallas), offers fly anglers some of the very best smallmouth and largemouth fishing in Texas.

The impoundment's relatively clear water is ideal for fly fishing, and much of the rocky and timber-filled shoreline surrounding the park has a prominent break line close to the bank. This abundance of cover and the abrupt break into relatively deeper water encourage bass to feed and hold close to the bank.

Although bass can be caught year-round, the fly fishing on Squaw Creek really begins to warm up in October and continues to get hotter as winter wears on. The spawning period on Squaw Creek typically lasts longer — in full swing by January and continuing through April — than other impoundments in the same area.

By November, bass begin to gather on those major and secondary points near the dam and at mid-lake. Contrary to the spawning behavior on nonpower plant impoundments, the first fish to spawn on Squaw Creek are those down near the dam and the warm water discharge.

The spawning continues to move westward until it finally reaches the flats at the back of Squaw Creek and Lollar Creek. Throughout this period, bass anglers will find the bass in pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn stages. The fish are aggressively feeding at this time
and are found cruising the bank.

Cast in the Cove

Besides the relatively clear water and shallow-feeding bass, Squaw Creek Reservoir offers plenty of good shoreline for wading. In fact, some of the very best fishing is found along Squaw Creek Park's well-groomed shores.

Tournament weigh-ins on the reservoir are found at the launch ramp facility, and the cove hosts good populations of sizable largemouth and smallmouth. Additionally, the submerged roadbed (on the east bank), the submerged trees off the northernmost ramp, the point just to the right of the ramps, and the flooded brush make the cove a great place to spend a day casting flies.

Many big fish, both small and largemouth, have been caught from either side of the launch facility. The early morning action occurring along the relatively steep bank, between the launch facilities and the swimming beach, is often phenomenal.

Typically, this area offers the shorebound fly angler his best chance at taking a smallmouth. At dusk, the smallmouth seem to make one last, hour-long assault on the forage found along the shoreline.

Don't Pass Up the Shallows

Finally, wading fly anglers can continue to catch largemouth and a few smallmouth from the timber-filled flats located in the cove bordering the swimming beach.

Many anglers wrongfully assume that the very back of the cove is too shallow to hold good numbers of bass and so pass it up. The submerged brush and a creek channel swinging against the eastern bank of the cove create an ideal hold for aggressive bass.

There's a well-groomed road that gives anglers vehicle-access to the entire park. However, it's important to remember that the roads are often closed to vehicles following a heavy rainfall.

Also, as posted, wading and shore access is prohibited beyond the groomed shoreline.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 8 Nov 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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