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Aquilla Lake Wildlife Management Area Information:
Amenities at this 9,700 acre Wildlife Management Area include an ADA compliant boat dock and a boat ramp. Archery hunting for deer on Aquilla Lake is available on over 4,000 acres of WMA land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages hunting activities and issues hunting permits for Lake Whitney and the Aquilla WMA. Permits are issued from mid-August to May; call for exact dates. Hunters register for permits at the Whitney Lake Office located at the west end of the Lake Whitney dam on SH 22 in Laguna Park, Texas. The office is open Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. If you are a first time hunter and cannot arrive within these hours you may mail the documents. (254) 622-3332. From Hillsboro go West on SH 22 (W. Elm Street) and then turn left at Peoria on FM 1947. Or, from Hillsboro, go south on IH-35, then turn right on Pattons Mill Road and drive towards Vaughan.
 
Aquilla Lake Information:
This 3,020 surface acre lake is located on Aquilla and Hackberry Creeks. TPWD warns that both the Hackberry and Aquilla Creek arms are loaded with standing timber and brush. When navigating up the creek arms of the lake, watch for large tree stumps under the water. The main lake pool close to the dam is mostly clear of timber. The lake was impounded in 1982. Maximum lake depth is 59.9 feet. Lake facilities include a fishing pier and boat ramps. The lake is located off FM 1947, FM 1534, and Pattons Mill Road. From Hillsboro go West on SH 22 (W. Elm Street) and then turn left at Peoria on FM 1947. Or, from Hillsboro, go south on IH-35, then turn right on Pattons Mill Road and drive towards Vaughan.  Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level
 
Lake information:
Lake Location Map 
Current Lake Level
 
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Bosque Valley Loop:  Meridian, Hillsboro, Walnut Springs, Clifton, Whitney
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for the Oaks and Prairies and Osage Plains (Cross Timbers) of Texas, Region 3
Bird Checklist for North Central Texas
Dinosaur Valley State Park Bird Checklist, Glen Rose
Meridian State Park Bird Checklist
Lake Whitney State Park Bird Checklist
 
Fishing Lake Aquilla:
Predominant Fish Species include largemouth bass, crappie, blue and channel catfish, and white bass. Lake maps may be available at local tackle shops. A free fishing pier and restrooms are located at the Tailrace AreaCurrent Lake Level  Current Survey Report  Stocking History  Lake Records
 
ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600. Rules for Certified Hand Held Scales
 
Hunting Aquilla Lake WMA & Lake Whitney:
Over 4,000 acres is dedicated to archery hunting for deer. Hunting deer by gun is prohibited. Archery hunting is also available for turkey and feral hog hunters. Gun hunting is available for turkey, waterfowl and migratory birds. Other game species include dove, rabbits and squirrels. Camping at Aquilla Lake is prohibited. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the hunting program and issues hunting permits from mid-August to May; call for exact dates. Potential hunters for Whitney and Aquilla Lakes can register for a permit at the Whitney Lake Office located at the west end of the dam on SH 22 in Laguna Park, Mon-Fri from 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. If you are a first time hunter and cannot arrive within these hours you may mail in the documents. (254) 622-3332. Email 
Aquilla Lake Hunting Map
Aquilla & Whitney LakesHunting Zones Information & Zone Maps
 
Hunting Bosque and Hill Counties:
Approximately 14,000 acres in Bosque and Hill Counties are available for hunting and other outdoor activities. The areas are zoned; most areas are fenced and marked. A specific area is designated as a youth and disabled hunting area; this area is closed to other hunters the first 14 days of the hunting season.  
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
Aquilla Wildlife Management Area Directions:
From Hillsboro go West on SH 22 (W. Elm Street) and then turn left at Peoria on FM 1947. Or, from Hillsboro, go south on IH-35, then turn right on Pattons Mill Road and drive towards Vaughan.