Submerged brush piles and water willow patches throughout the lake provide habitat for fish yet still offer anglers plenty of places to cast. Vegetation in the lake is managed to accommodate shoreline anglers and there is a covered floating dock. Some cedar bundles were placed around the covered floating dock which will provide habitat for small fish to hide and bigger fish to feed; casting about 20 feet in front of the dock will reach those bundles. Casting lanes and benches located around the lake so anglers may sit, relax, and fish. No gasoline powered motors are permitted on the lake; however, boating anglers are allowed to use a trolling motor or one can paddle around the lake. Largemouth Bass are a favorite to fish for and there are plenty of fish above and below the slot limit for anglers to harvest. Big largemouth can be found around the dense vegetation on the west end of the lake. If panfish are your delight, fishing for Bluegill or Redear sunfish should provide a lot of enjoyment. Use natural bait, especially nightcrawlers when fishing for panfish. Each year 8-12 inch Channel Catfish are stocked in the lake. Channel Catfish eat just about anything, and can be caught on a variety of natural baits using a small #6 hook, bait and bobber.
Austin Lake is located in Texas County off Highway 60 to Route MM and then 0.50 mile east on Greenwood Road. This 22 acre lake includes a paved and designated disabled parking and unloading area which is connected by paved paths to a privy, a spacious pavilion equipped with grill and tables and a large covered fishing pier. All of the facilities are disabled accessible.
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Located west of Cabool and south of Mountain Grove. Take 60 highway to MM, go north on MM go approximatley 2 miles and take a right on Lake Road.