Location: Six miles north of Lufkin off
Surface area: 726 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Lake Level: Lake Caretaker (936) 639-4840
Conservation Pool Elevation: 197.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-3 feet
Normal Clarity: Clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Lufkin
City Hall – Room 250
300 E. Shepard Avenue
Note: Lake access permits are required. Annual and 3-day permits may be purchased at City Hall during normal business hours (8–5 Monday–Friday) or from the Lake Caretaker residence during daylight hours, 7 days a week.
Primarily hydrilla and lily pads
Predominant Fish Species
A Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. All other species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
The largemouth bass population is abundant at Kurth Reservoir, with a relatively high number of fish over 4 pounds. Crappie and catfish are present, but numbers are relatively low and few anglers target these species. Bluegill and redear sunfish are present in high numbers and provide fast action, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.
Habitat in Kurth Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation (mainly hydrilla), standing timber, and lily pads. Game fish are typically found around vegetation edges, points, and creek channels.
Kurth Reservoir has a relatively high amount of hydrilla, and anglers are successful at catching largemouth bass year round. During cooler months, fish are active for longer periods of the day; crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked over the vegetation will catch bass. During the hot summer, fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning and late evening. Topwater baits are good choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, bass concentrate in or around vegetation edges. During this time, plastic baits and jigs fished vertically in thick hydrilla are productive.
Sunfish, especially bluegill and redear sunfish, can be caught year-round but fishing peaks in late spring or summer when fish are on their spawning beds. Small jigs, spinners, and crickets all catch sunfish.