Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a very clear and deep lake (107' maximum depth) with a shoreline that is undeveloped except for some Corps of Engineer Parks. The Lake is an impoundment of the Lampasas River and is about 15 minutes from Belton and Salado. The main lake area is dominated by steep rocky shoreline with limited amounts of standing timber.
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We come to Stillhouse Hollow for some good lake camping at Dana Peak or Union Grove Park, to enjoy the clear calm water, and to hike some of the trails around the lake. We also enjoy heading into Salado for an afternoon of golf or shopping some of the quaint antique shops. Check here to find some things to see and do in Salado.
If you don't have a boat and like to fish, then call Bob at Holding the Line Guide Services and let him take you to where you should catch a good dinner and possibly a trophy for you den. Bob knows the lake and is the holder of 6 State Fishing records.
You can also rent a pontoon boat, ski deck, or jon boat at C & D Watercraft rentals - 254 223-1056. If you like to dive the clear waters of Stillhouse Hollow or would like to rent a kayak, canoe, pedal boat, or jon boat, then visit Scuba Divers Paradise.
Salado and Belton are 15 to 20 minutes from the lake if you feel like exploring either city. Dana Peak has some excellent hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that can be challening and rewarding with awesome views of the surrounding territory. Click here to learn more about the trails and see some pictures. There is also an easy trail for the entire family in Chalk Ridge Falls Park which is at the south end of the dam. The trail has lush scenery as it winds along the creek, up and down hills, by some waterfalls, and over bridges including a suspension bridge.
You are out of luck here - head further south to Lake Travis or Lake Austin.
There is not much boat traffic on Stillhouse Hollow so you should be able to find some calm water for skiing and boarding if the wind's not howling.
If you want to land a big one, then you need to call Bob at Holding the Line Guide Services. He's been fishing the lake for years so he knows the spots where dinner and sport is waiting. If you are camping, he'll pick you up at your campsite - how cool is that.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, largemouth bass are the most abundant sportfish in the reservoir, although there is also a good population of smallmouth bass. Fair to good populations of channel catfish are also available.
Fishing Cover/Structure. Stillhouse Hollow is an extremely clear and deep reservoir. The main lake area is dominated by steep rocky shoreline with limited amounts of standing timber. There are also numerous beds of hydrilla in the lower lake. The upper lake and river areas are slightly stained with numerous laydowns, brushpiles, and standing timber.
Tips & Tactics. Largemouth bass fishing is best during spring and fall when water temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s. At first light, topwater baits fished on rocky points or over hydrilla beds can be good. Later in the day, drop a heavy jig or large worm into matted hydrilla in 5'-15' of water. Smallmouth bass can be good year round. Topwaters and crankbaits fished around rocky points and riprap can be very productive. Channel catfish can be caught throughout the year. Drift fishing with shad across the flats is usually good. Trotlining is best in the upper lake. Flathead catfish are most often caught by trotliners using live sunfish on the upper lake. Crappie are caught most often in cedar bushes and other submerged brushpiles. White bass fishing is best in early spring during the spawn which occurs upriver from the lake, usually in March.
The only alternative for lodging on the lake is Dana Peak Park and Union Grove Park, both of which have a limited number of tent and RV sites with water and electricity. Union Grove also has screened shelters. Salado is only 15 minutes from the lake and they have a plenty of outstanding B&Bs in historic homes.
All of the parks, except Bluff Park, have boat ramps. Stillhouse Park is home to the only marina and gas dock.