Hords Creek Reservoir
Location: On Hords Creek in Coleman County, 63 miles south of Abilene and
about 10 miles west of Coleman
Surface area: 510 acres
Maximum depth: 39 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,900 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, sometimes prone to long periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Slightly stained to clear with visibility up to 4 feet
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps
HCR 75, Box 33
Coleman, Texas 76834
Floating-leaf pondweed and water willow
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
The reservoir is known for its largemouth bass fishing, but populations of flathead catfish and sunfish should not be overlooked. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1986.
A variety of cover and structure is scattered throughout the reservoir including some aquatic vegetation, dead submerged brush, black willow trees, rocky ledges and points, a rip-rap dam, and several well-defined creek channels. When the reservoir is low, fishing cover is primarily restricted to rocky structure and some brush.
Largemouth bass fishing is often very good, especially in the spring. Jigs and crankbaits are good in the early spring and late winter. As water warms, suspending jerkbaits and floating worms, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits become productive. Trotlines baited along creek channels and steep, rocky banks are effective for flathead catfish. For kids seeking sunfish, small pieces of night crawlers and mealworms fished with number 6 cricket hooks under a cork or on the bottom can be a lot of fun.