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Alvarado Park Lake

February 13, 2021

Alvarado Park Lake in Johnson County Texas

Alvarado Park Lake is located Off US 67 three miles west of the I-35W in Johnson County, Texas. Impounded in 1966 by damming the Turkey Creek, a tributary of Chambers Creek and the Trinity River. While the surface area is 437 acres, the maximum depth is 20 feet.

Originally constructed for floodwater retention, municipal water storage and recreation. Operated by the City of Alvarado who may be contacted at (817) 790-3351. The water is stained to murky due to sediment with a 1 to 2 feet fluctuation per annum. Therefore, making it an ideal boating, water skiing, swimming, picnicking and fishing destination. While predominant fish species include.

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Largemouth Bass

Channel Catfish in muddy water

Channel Catfish

White Bass

White Bass

White Crappie

Crappie

Sunfish

Sunfish

Structure and Native Vegetation

Majority of the structure in Alvarado Park Lake, which is a shallow lake, is the boat dock and shallow aquatic vegetation including bulrush, cattail and water willows.

Alvarado Park Lake Boat Ramps, and Parking Facilities

There is a public boat ramp located on the north side of the lake. While there are some private residential boat ramps on the southeast side. Furthermore, when operating in or around water, please wear your Personal Flotation Device for your own safety.

Alvarado Boat Ramp x x

Alvarado Boat Ramp

Alvarado Boat Ramp

For Alvarado Boat Ramp take US 67 from I-35W and turn south on CR 810 and left again at the “T-intersection”. Then turn right at the fourth street to the facility which offers picnic areas, a single-lane boat ramp and limited parking.

This facility is open all year round and does not charge a fee. Furthermore, operated by the City of Alvarado who may be contacted at (817) 790-3351 or in the evening and weekends at (817) 790-3345.

Fish and Fishing

Alvarado Park Lake offers the angler good fishing of Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Bass and Crappie. While Sunfish angling is poor.

Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a carnivorous species of freshwater game fish. Has an olive green to greenish grey body with dark, sometimes black blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank.

Meanwhile, the upper jaw extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. Reach lengths of 29.5 inches weighing around 25 pounds.

Feed on snails, crawfish, crayfish, frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats, shrimps, insects, small water birds, mammals, baby alligators and small fish. Including bluegill, banded killifish, shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, sunfish, catfish, walleye, bass and trout.

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Larger bass occupy deeper water and prey items may be as large as 50% of the bass’s body length or larger. While, they prefer open areas with little or no cover.

Meanwhile, in areas with overhead cover such as overhanging banks, brush or submerged structures, they use their sense of hearing, sight, vibration and smell to attack and seize their prey. Generally, spawning occurs in spring from March until early July.

Sought after by anglers for their exciting fight. Often caught on Spinnerbait, plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits and live baits such as worms, frogs, crawfish, shiners and minnows. While, there is a strong cultural pressure among largemouth bass anglers encouraging catch and release practices of larger specimens.

Furthermore, bass have a white, slightly mushy meat which is of a lower quality than that of the smallmouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye or crappie. The world record largemouth bass weighed in at 22 pounds 4 ounces. Largemouth Bass in Alvarado Park Lake are mostly caught on spinnerbaits, worms, jigs and crankbaits off boat docks and from cattails.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Largemouth Bass. 

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish in muddy water

The Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) is the most abundant type of catfish species in North America. While, being the official fish of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee.

The Channel Cat is popular for food. Therefore, there has been a rapid expansion of aquaculture of the species in the United States. Cavity nesters laying eggs in crevices, hollows or debris to protect them from swift currents. Have a keen sense of smell and taste.

With taste buds distributed over the surface of their entire bodies and their nostrils. Further, the fish has four pairs of barbels surrounding the mouth allowing the catfish to find food in dark, stained or muddy water with relative ease.

Generally, are omnivores and feed on a variety of natural and prepared baits including crickets, nightcrawlers, minnows, shad, freshwater drum, crawfish, frogs, bullheads, sunfish, chicken livers and suckers. While, they are even known to take Ivory soap as bait and even raw steak.

Meanwhile, popular fishing methods include juglines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, traditional rod-and-reel fishing techniques, and noodling or hand fishing. Alvarado Park Lake anglers catch Channel Catfish by tight-lining or drift fishing shad or blood baits.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Channel Catfish.

White Bass

The White Bass (Morone chrysops) is a freshwater fish in the Moronidae family of temperate basses. While, the state fish of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, other names include the Silver Bass or Sand Bass.

Further, the fish is silver white to pale green in color. While, the back is dark, and the sides and belly are white with narrow dark stripes running lengthwise on the sides. Furthermore, has large rough scales and two dorsal fins. While, the more anterior dorsal fin is much harder and appears to have spines on them.

Meanwhile, the more posterior dorsal fin is much softer. While, the body is deep and laterally compressed. Moreover, the bass tends to grow to 10 – 12 inches but may reach up to 17 inches in length. Furthermore, as the vertebrae do not extend into the tail, the white bass has a homocercal tail.

While, the dorsal and ventral portion of the tail angle inward toward a point, creating a clear angle. Furthermore, has a notched tail. While, a carnivorous fish eating calanoidacyclopoidadaphnia and leptodora.

However, when not frightened, they will easily bite at live bait such as worms and minnows. While, larger fish may feed on other fish. Generally, spawning occurs from mid-March to late May.

Furthermore, young fish live in the shallows as adults move to deeper waters. Generally, the current world record on fishing tackle for the White Bass is 6 pounds 13 ounces. White Bass in Alvarado Park Lake are often caught on tail-spinners and jigs fished on windy shorelines.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the White Bass.

White Bass

Crappie

White Crappie

The Crappie is a freshwater fish in the Pomoxis genus. A North American fish in the sunfish or Centrarchidae family. A species of popular pan fish. Other names for Crappie include Papermouths, Strawberry Bass, Speckled Bass, Speckled Perch, Crappie Bass or Calico Bass.

Further, the crappie is divided into the White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) and the Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus). Both species feed predominately on small fish including the Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Walleye and Crappies.

While, farther feeding on zooplankton, insects and crustaceans. They are less active during the day and will concentrate around weed beds or submerged objects such as logs and boulders.

Meanwhile, they feed during dawn and dusk, moving in open waters or approaching the shore. Considered among the best tasting freshwater fish due to their diverse diets.

While, crappie can be caught on many different lures and baits including light jigs, plastic jigs, lead jig heads, crankbaits, trolling with live minnows and small spinnerbaits. As well as, spider rigging. While, some anglers even chum or dump live bait into the water to attract the fish to bite their bait.

Generally, crappie is targeted and caught during the spawning period from May to June. The current world record for black crappie is 5 pounds and for white crappie is 5.2 pounds. Alvarado Park Lake anglers often catch Crappie in submerged brush piles or under docks.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Crappie.

Sunfish

The sunfish is a species of freshwater fish in the Centrarchid family, order Perciformes and genus Centrarchus. A ray-finned fish comprising of 34 different living species. Native to North America.

Mostly valued for sport fishing and have been introduced in many waterways. Generally, they have laterally compressed body shapes with 3 – 8 anal spines and 2 fused dorsal fins.

However, there are two main groups, the Lepomis and the Micropterus. The Lepomis are defined by a deep rounder body shape, smaller mouth that obtain food by suction feeding.

While, the Micropterus have more streamlined body shapes, larger mouths and primarily consume prey by ram feeding methods. They prefer clear, warm, slow moving water. Preferring to live in and around aquatic vegetation. Further, found in various water columns within a body of water.

Generally, spawning occurs in spring and juveniles emerge in the late spring to early summer.

Their diets consist primarily of insects, snails and small invertebrates. Sunfish in Alvarado Lake are often caught on nightcrawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, waxworms or mealworms or, small flies and lures on light spinning tackle.

However, feel free to click and read more on our site about the Sunfish.

Sunfish

Alvarado Park Lake Alligator and Alligator Safety

Alvarado Park Lake is a water source within Texas. As we are aware, there are alligators in Texas. Let us not fret over whether there are or are not alligators. Rather, take necessary precautions and always be on the lookout. Alligator safety does not take much time and it may save your life or the life of someone else around you.

Should you detect an alligator, regardless of size, do not feed them to allow them to get food as they will become a problem to everybody. Alligator safety is covered in our article Alligator Safety, but here is a quick breakdown.

If the gator hisses, you are too close, move away! In encounters, back away slowly.

Report the alligator to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Do not attempt to remove it.

If you have a pet with you, place it on a leash and keep it under control.

Do not swim in the water where there are alligators.

Killing or harassing or attempting to move an alligator is prohibited by state law.

Conclusion

In short, Alvarado Park Lake offers plenty of fishing opportunities, swimming, jet skiing, boating, camping and picnicking. Has a moderate fluctuation of between 1 and 2 feet per annum with stained to murky water clarity. Constructed for floodwater retention, municipal water storage and recreation.

This shallow lake has shallow aquatic vegetation consisting of bulrush, cattail and water willows. Should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the City of Alvarado Reservoir Controlling Authority on (817) 790-3351.

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