Fairfield Lake State Park

Fishing

Fairfield Lake State Park boasts excellent fishing opportunities year-round. In 2013 the lake was stocked with fingerling Share A Lunker Bass which have spawned into a healthy bass population. Avid fisherman might not share all the details of the best bait and locations but have caught upwards of 8lb bass. Early spring brings in large sunfish that can be caught right from the bank or off the fishing pier. You can launch a boat or kayak from one of two boat ramps accessible inside the park. Two fish cleaning stations are available at each of the boat ramps and kayak and paddleboard rentals can be found in day-use near the fishing pier.

 

Popular Catches Include:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Catfish (Blue, Flathead, & Channel)
  • Sunfish/Perch (Bluegill, Redear, Green, Warmouth & Longear) - The best sunfish/perch fishing is around April-June.
  • Gar

Tuesday Night Bass Tournaments generally take place April – September. For more details and schedules please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Tuesday-Night-Tournament-627532864259373/

 

The Kid Fish Derby takes place in May.  Sponsors and Friend Groups help to provide a free fishing pole and t-shirt to school-aged kids and host the fishing tournament at the day-use area.

 

Lake Characteristics

Location: 5 miles northeast of Fairfield off FM 488

--Surface area: 2,159 acres

--Maximum depth: 49 feet

--Impounded: 1969

Water Conditions

--Conservation Pool Elevation: 310 ft. msl

--Fluctuation: 4 feet

--Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Aquatic Vegetation

Hydrilla light along the shoreline; with American lotus, common cattail, common reed and marine naiad moderate to heavy in shallow areas

Fishing Cover/Structure

Inundated timber is abundant in the upper end of the lake and in both coves on the east side. Hydrilla forms a fringe around the reservoir out to approximately 5 feet. Pockets of native pondweed provide openings in the hydrilla and make good ambush points. The heated cove in this power plant cooling lake provides warm water even in the winter. Emergent cattails and cutgrass grow in shallow water on the shoreward side of the hydrilla.