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Largemouth bass fishing can be excellent on Aquilla. The combination of stained water, ample heavy cover, and light fishing pressure means plenty of big bass to catch. Fish spinner baits, jig and pork combos, and plastic worms in and around heavy cover. Tree lines, fence rows, and creek channels are good places to start. Crappie are usually found on submerged brush piles and large isolated trees. Live minnows seem to be the preferred bait. Catfish are caught drift fishing flats or on trotlines set around shallow, brushy areas. Shad, cut bait, or blood bait will all work. White bass are caught trolling small tail spinners, jigs, and spoons across windy flats.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Both the Hackberry and Aquilla Creek arms are loaded with standing timber and brush. The main pool close to the dam is mostly devoid of timber. A word of caution: when navigating up the creek arms of the lake, watch for large tree stumps just under the water!

The lake has two boat ramps. Both areas have restrooms and abundant parking. For details, choose a point on the map or a name in the chart below. A free public fishing pier is located at the Tailrace below the dam. Bait is available at Burger Shack Cafe Bait & Tackle (254/582-1266) located between Hillsboro and Whitney at the corner of State Highway 22 and FM 1947.

Dairy Hill Ramp

* Located on the east shore south of Peoria, near the southeast end of the FM 1947 bridge
* Ramp will accommodate all boat types
* No fee required
* Open all year
* Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (254) 694-3189

Old School Ramp

* Located on the west shore off FM 933 between Waco and Whitney
* Ramp will accommodate all boat types
* No fee required
* Open all year
* Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (254) 694-3189

Tailrace Area

* Located below the dam off Highway 310
* Fishing pier, no boat ramp
* No fee required
* Open all year
* Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (254) 694-3189


Address: From Hillsboro, 5 mi S on I-35, then 6 mi W on FM 310
Phone: 254-622-3332

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Aquilla Lake Hunting

Aquilla lake will now be included in Whitney's hunting program. Aquilla's 4000 acre hunt program was managed in the past by Texas Parks & Wildlife but has now recently changed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the TPWD, the hunt area at Aquilla was all Type 2

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Aquilla Lake Fishing

Largemouth bass fishing can be excellent on Aquilla. The combination of stained water, ample heavy cover, and light fishing p...