TPWD District Fisheries Office

6200 Hatchery Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76114
(817) 732-0761
Rafe Brock, Biologist

About the Area
 

Lake Worth

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics


Zebra mussels have been found in waters near this reservoir. Under an emergency order from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, anglers and boaters need to drain bait buckets, live wells, bilges, and any other receptacles, containers, or systems that could contain water before leaving the lake. People who follow this procedure will be in compliance with rules on possessing and transporting the microscopic larval stage of this invasive mussel. Boaters are also required by law to remove any visible mussels or exotic vegetation from boats, trailers and other equipment. Read more about the order.

A person traveling on a public roadway via the most direct route to another access point on the same lake will not have to drain water; however, all water-containing receptacles should be empty before leaving for home or a different water body.

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the West Fork of the Trinity River, entirely within the Fort Worth city limits
Surface area: 3,489 acres
Maximum depth: 22 feet
Impounded: 1914

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 594 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate
Normal Clarity: Stained

Consumption Advisory in effect

Reservoir Controlling Authority

City of Fort Worth
Lake Worth Management Office
7601 Cahoba Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76135
(817) 237-6890

Aquatic Vegetation

Submerged vegetation is sparse. There are shallow flats covered with cattails and other emergent species.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

A sportsman's map is available at local sporting goods stores. One company publishes a combined map for Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake.

Fishing Regulations

All species are managed under statewide regulations; however, the DSHS consumption advisory says persons should not consume blue catfish, channel catfish or smallmouth buffalo from these waters. Use of a power boat requires a lake permit which is available at the Lake Worth Management Office (817) 237-6890.

Angling Opportunities

White crappie and catfish are the most popular fishes in Lake Worth. Largemouth bass and white bass are also present.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass   yes    
Catfish       yes
Crappie       yes
White Bass   yes    
Fishing Cover/Structure

Standing timber is present in several areas of the lake. Numerous boat houses, fishing docks, and piers offer valuable structure and cover to the fishes of Lake Worth.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass can be found around rocky shoreline and around boat houses. Crappie locate near reed beds and brush piles under docks. White bass are easy prey when spawning up the river. Catfish are located throughout the reservoir. Blue catfish over 40 pounds are not uncommon.


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