Lake Fork Reservoir is located
65 miles east of Dallas on the on Lake Fork Creek, a major tributary of
the Sabine River between Quitman, Alba, Emory, and Yantis,
Texas. At 27,690 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork
is one of the 10 largest lakes in Texas.
by the Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1979, Lake Fork was designed a
premier bass fishing lake with 732,514 Florida Black Bass stocked from
1979 through 1987. Lake Fork offers excellent fish habitat with 80%
standing timber left intact, and hydrilla, milfoil, and duckweed being
the predominant vegetation. The lake currently holds records for 34 out
of the Top 50 and 15 of the top 20 Texas State Record Largemouth
Bass. Other species of fish include Catfish, Black and White
Crappie, Sunfish, and Bluegill. The predominant food source for the
larger fish is Shad, Minnows, and Crawfish.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife implemented a protected slot limit to
preserve the great Lake Fork bass fisheries. Therefore, bass
between 16 and 24 inches must be returned back into the waters of Lake
Fork immediately. A 5 bass per day limit can be kept, consisting of 5
under 16 inches, or 1 over 24 inches, and 4 under 16 inches.
Lake Fork was impounded in 1980 and reached is normal pool surface
elevation of 403.0 feet above mean sea level in 1985. It consists of
27,690 acres between the towns of Quitman, Alba, Emory, and Yantis,
Texas. At 315 miles of shoreline, the lake includes a drainage area of
493 square miles and a 12,410 foot dam.
Lake Fork Reservoir is located on Lake Fork Creek which is a major
tributary of the Sabine River. The reservoir is owned and operated by
the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Lake Fork Creek rises in
the southwestern corner of Hunt County and flows east for 78 miles to
where it joins the Sabine River southeast of Mineola. The stream drains
an area of approximately 685 square miles in Wood, Rains and Hopkins
Counties. Over 490 square miles of the Lake Fork Creek drainage area
lies above the reservoir dam site. The topography of Lake Fork consists
of gently rolling upland hills transected by the moderately wide flat
floodplain of Lake Fork Creek.
The Lake Fork dam is over 12,400 feet in length with a crown width of
20 feet. The upstream slope of the embankment is protected from erosion
by 2 feet of soil cement with a spillway length of 250 feet. The flow
of water over the concrete ogee weir is controlled by five 20x40 foot
tainter gates. Also contained in the spillway structure are two 5x8 low
flow outlets and three metered water release pipes. The design
discharge of the spillway is 81,900 cubic feet of water per second.
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