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Eagle Mountain Lake – West Fork Trinity River

Eagle Mountain Lake

Eagle Mountain Lake is a beautiful lake in north Texas on the West Fork Trinity River. While, located just north of Fort Worth and Lake Worth in Tarrant County. Meanwhile, a recreational lake great for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and boating. As well as, kayaking, hiking trails, picnic areas and more. While, farther known for beautiful lake homes near the city. Further, has numerous hills, bluffs and mountains that offer great views.

While, the lake has a surface area of 8738 acres with a maximum depth of 47 feet. Further, Texas State Board of Water Engineers granted permission for construction of the dam in 1928 and construction was completed in 1932. While, water impoundment began early in 1932.

Generally, the water in the lower end near the dam is clear, while, the upper end is stained. While, the normal fluctuation ranges between two and nine feet. Furthermore, Eagle Mountain Lake is controlled by the Tarrant Regional Water District, contactable on (817) 237-8585. Meanwhile, recreational fishing is good with predominant fish species including.

Structure and Native Vegetation

While, there is very little aquatic vegetation present in Eagle Mountain Lake even though the controller authority has initiate numerous attempts to establish vegetation in the reservoir. However, the upper portion of the lake features reed beds and the lower and mid lake areas have numerous fishing piers and boat houses providing cover and structure to fish. While, the rocky points and bluffs in the lower end of the lake make good for fishing.

Eagle Mountain Lake Boat Ramps, Accommodation and Parking

While, there are three public boat ramps at Eagle Mountain Lake offering accesses to the lake, courtesy docks, campgrounds, swimming beach and more amenities. Meanwhile, these include Pelican Bay Ramp, Shady Grove Park and Twin Points Marina.

Pelican Bay Ramp
Pelican Bay at Eagle Mountain Lake

Pelican Bay Ramp is a facility offering parking for 25 vehicles and a courtesy dock with a two-lane concrete ramp. While, operated by the City of Pelican Bay and open all year round for a fee.

Therefore, for farther information, please contact (817) 444-1234. However, to get to the ramp from FM 730 north of Azle, go east on Sandy Beach and South on Liberty School Road and south to Pelican.

Shady Grove Park

Shady Grove Park (Eagle Mountain Lake)  is located just north of Azle. Therefore, from FM 730 go east on Stribling N.

While, the free ADA-Accessible facility offers parking for 35 vehicles, restrooms and a courtesy dock with a two-lane concrete ramp. Furthermore, the facility is open all year round and operated by the City of Azle, contact (817) 444-2541.

Shady Grove Park
Twin Points Park
Twin Points Boat Ramp at Eagle Mountain Lake

From Jackboro Highway take Boat Club Road north and turn west on Ten Mile Bridge Road to Twin Points Park.

While, the ADA-Accessible facility offers restrooms, cleaning stations, parking for 60 vehicles, picnic areas, campgrounds and courtesy docks with a two-lane concrete ramp.

Meanwhile, the facility is open all year round for a fee and operated by the Tarrant Regional Water District. Furthermore, for information and reservations contact (817) 237-8585.

Privately Operated Marinas at Eagle Mountain Lake

While, there are various privately operated marinas, some of these include Augies, Creek Harbor Camp, Eagle Mountain Marina, Harbor One, Lakeview Marina and West Bay Marina.

Augies

Augies is a facility offering restrooms, parking for 50 vehicles, courtesy docks and boat gas facilities. Further, offers a two-lane concrete ramp for a fee.

Therefore, from Jacksboro Highway take Boat Club Road north. Further, turn west on Ten Mile Bridge Road. Furthermore, this privately operated facility is open all year round. However, contact (817) 237-5868 for information.

Augies at Eagle Mountain Lake
Creek Harbor Camp
Creek Harbor Fishing Camp Sign

Creek Harbor Camp on Eagle Mountain Lake is an ADA-Accessible facility offering restrooms, parking for 17 vehicles, picnic areas, campgrounds, courtesy docks and a two-lane concrete ramp.

While, the facility charges a fee, they open all year round. Therefore, to reach the facility from FM 1220 take Indian Creek west. Furthermore, a privately operated facility. Therefore, for information and reservations contact (81) 236-6111.

Eagle Mountain Marina

From Jacksboro Highway take Boat Club Road north and turn west on Ten Mile Bridge Road to Eagle Mountain Marina. While, this facility offers restrooms, live bait, parking for 17 vehicles, boat gas facilities and picnic facilities.

Further, the ADA-Accessible facility offers courtesy docks and a one-lane concrete ramp for a fee. Meanwhile, this privately operated facility is open all year round and should be contacted on (817) 237-5588 for information.

Eagle Mountain Marina
Harbor One
Harbor One at Eagle Mountain Lake

Harbor One is located 6 miles north on Boat Club Road from Jacksboro Highway and offers restrooms, boat gas facilities and parking for 20 vehicles. As well as, a two-lane concrete ramp.

While, the privately operated facility charges a fee, they are open all year round. Therefore, for information and reservations contact (817) 236-8150.

Lakeview Marina on Eagle Mountain Lake

Lakeview Marina is a privately operated ADA-Accessible facility offering restrooms, live bait facilities, parking for 20 vehicles and boat gas facilities. As well as, courtesy docks with a two-lane concrete ramp.

Therefore, for this privately operated facility from Jacksboro Highway take Boat Club Road north to Peden Road. Then turn west to the marina.

Further, the facility is open all year round for a fee. Furthermore, contact (817) 236-1381) for information and reservations.

Lakeview Ramp at Eagle Mountain Lake
West Bay Marina
West Bay Marina at Eagle Mountain Lake

Take FM 730 north to Timber Road from Jacksboro Highway (Texas 199). Then turn right and turn north to Liberty School Road and follow to the marina.

While, this privately operated ADA-Accessible facility offers restrooms, parking for 50 vehicles, boat gas facility, campground, courtesy docks and a two-lane boat ramp.

Moreover, for a fee the facility is open all year round and should be contacted on (817) 444-1622 for information and reservations.

Fish and Fishing

In short, White Crappie and White Bass fishing in Eagle Mountain Lake is excellent. While, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish fishing is good.

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.

Eagle Mountain Lake is good for white crappie fishing, especially around the boat houses and in the lower end of the lake in summer.

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

White Crappie

White Bass

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. 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 calanoida, cyclopoida, daphnia 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 when water temperatures are 54°F to 68°F. 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. Meanwhile, schooling white bass offer a popular summertime fishing opportunity in Eagle Mountain Lake.

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

Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a carnivorous species of freshwater game fish. While, they have 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. Further, reach lengths of 29.5 inches weighing around 25 pounds.

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

Meanwhile, 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, when the water temperature first holds steady above 60°F.

Further, the largemouth bass is sought after by anglers for their exciting fight. While, often caught on Spinnerbait, plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits and live baits such as worms, frogs, crawfish, shiners and minnows.

Meanwhile, 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.

While, Largemouth bass can be found around private boat docks and reed beds in Eagle Mountain Lake.

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

Largemouth Bass Habitat

Spotted Bass

Spotted Bass

Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) is a freshwater fish in the Centrarchidae family of the Perciformes order. Other names include Spotty, Spots. While, it may be mistaken for the largemouth bass.

However, the distinguishing characteristics is the size of the mouth, with the spotted bass having a small mouth. As well as, having rows of dark spots below the lateral line.

Meanwhile, has scales on the base portion of the second dorsal fin. While, the first and second dorsal fins are clearly connected, and the upper jawbone does not extend back to or beyond the rear edge of the eye.

Furthermore, may be mistaken with the smallmouth bass. However, it does not have vertical bars on the sides of the body like the smallmouth bass. Generally, reaching lengths of 25 inches weighing up to 11 pounds.

Prefers cool waters with rocky bottoms. While, their diets consist of insects, crustaceans, frogs, annelid worms and smaller fish. Generally, occur around aquatic vegetation, submerged logs, rocks or rip rap walls.

While, spawning from April to May. Meanwhile, a highly prized gamefish with a current record of 10.27 pounds.

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

Channel Catfish

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.

Meanwhile, the Channel Cat is popular for food. Therefore, there has been a rapid expansion of aquaculture of the species in the United States. Further, cavity nesters laying eggs in crevices, hollows or debris to protect them from swift currents.

While, they have a keen sense of smell and taste. Furthermore, Eagle Mountain Lake channel catfish have 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 and bank lines in addition to the traditional rod-and-reel fishing techniques. While, another method of fishing for the catfish includes noodling or hand fishing.

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

Channel Catfish in muddy water

Flathead Catfish of Eagle Mountain Lake

Flathead Catfish

The Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) also known as the Mudcat or Shovelhead Cat is a large species of North American freshwater catfish in the Ictaluridae family.

Further, reaching lengths of up to 61 inches and weighing around 123 pounds. Therefore, the second largest catfish in North America. Generally, the lengths of the Mudcat are around 25 – 46 inches.

While, the maximum lifespan is 24 years. Meanwhile, males mature at about 4 years old, females mature at 5 years old. But, they may achieve maturity as late as at 10 years of age. Generally, voracious carnivores feeding on fish, insects, annelid worms and crustaceans.

However, they also feed on almost anything that moves and makes vibration. Generally, spawning occurs in late June and early July in nests made in areas with submerged logs and other debris.

Furthermore, sport fishing for the mudcat is either by rod-and-reel, limb lines or noodling. With the common elements for the location of flatheads seek submerged wood cover such as logs and roots especially at bends in rivers.

Furthermore, a good spot for flathead include an area which is relatively deep with moderate currents with access to plentiful bait fish such as carp, drum, panfish or suckers.

Meanwhile, ideal bait would include river herring, shad, sunfish, bluegill, suckers, carp, goldfish, drum and bullheads. Furthermore, the current world record is 123 pound 9 ounces.

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

Eagle Mountain Lake Alligator and Alligator Safety

While, Eagle Mountain 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. Furthermore, 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.

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

While, reporting the alligator to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Meanwhile, do not attempt to remove it.

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

Meanwhile, do not swim in the water where there are alligators.

Moreover, killing or harassing or attempting to move an alligator is prohibited by state law.

Conclusion

In short, Eagle Mountain Lake offers plenty of fishing opportunities, swimming, jet skiing, boating, kayaking, wakeboarding, camping and picnicking. While, having a fluctuation of between 2 and 9 feet with clear to slight stained water conditions. Meanwhile, has a low density of aquatic vegetation.

Furthermore, there is an influx of zebra mussels and the reservoir is contaminated. Therefore, clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer, live well, buckets and gears before going to another body of water. Moreover, drain all water and do not transport zebra mussels, as this is illegal. Further, please see our article related to Zebra Mussels as Invasive Species. Meanwhile, should you have any queries or need information feel free to contact the Tarrant Regional Water District on (817) 237-8585.

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