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Lake Bardwell - 2010 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Daniel L. Bennett >
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Bardwell were surveyed in 2010 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2011 using gill netting. Vegetation and angler access surveys were conducted in August 2010. This report summarizes results of these surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Bardwell is a 3,138-acre reservoir constructed in 1965 on Waxahachie Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, Texas, for flood control and as a water supply for municipal and industrial purposes. The reservoir is located in Ellis County and is operated and controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE). Lake Bardwell is classified as hyper-eutrophic. Habitat consists of featureless shoreline, eroded bank, and small amounts of native submersed, and native emergent vegetation. Angler access and facilities are very good with five public access areas and one commercial marina.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, white bass, palmetto bass largemouth bass, and white crappie. The management plan from the 2006 survey report included: continued stocking of palmetto bass, additional promotion of the fishery, and discussions with the controlling authority regarding enhancement of the aquatic plant community. The fish community continued to be managed under statewide harvest regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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