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Lake Arrowhead - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Howell and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Arrowhead Reservoir was surveyed in 2003-04 using an electrofisher, gill and trap nets. A physical habitat and six-month creel surveys were also conducted. All electrofishing and netting surveys were conducted using random sites. The 2003-04 CPUE for species in this summary are compared with the Arrowhead species average CPUE collected during 1996-2000. This report summarizes the most recent surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on their results.

Reservoir Description

Arrowhead Reservoir is located in Archer and Clay counties on the Little Wichita River, a tributary of the Wichita River. The dam is located in Clay County and the reservoir is owned and operated by the City of Wichita Falls as a municipal and industrial water supply. At spillway level, it covers 14,390 surface acres with a shoreline length of 106 miles and a drainage basin of 832 square miles. Boat access is normally good at the six improved public ramp sites. Public access includes 524-acre Lake Arrowhead State Park, located on the northwest side near the dam. Bank access is adequate, but the only improved handicapped access is at the state park. Some standing timber remains, especially in the upper end and backs of coves. Water transparency has increased from previous years as a result of low rainfall with little storm water runoff. During January 2004 the state park boat ramps became unusable and were closed when the reservoir elevation dropped to 10 feet below spillway level and they remain closed at the present time. The only open boat ramp as of July 2004 is at West Arrowhead Park.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on recent information, this reservoir should continue to be managed with current regulations. Most sport fish populations appeared to have remained stable or improved since the last survey. Efforts to increase angling activity through fish attractor maintenance, news releases, and public fishing events should continue. A 2005 largemouth bass fingerling stocking should be considered if habitat conditions improve.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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