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Big Creek Lake - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey and Randall A. Myers
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Big Creek Lake was surveyed from June 2003 to May 2004 using electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, a littoral zone habitat survey, an aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access and facilities survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Big Creek Lake (520 acres) is located on Big Creek, a tributary of the South Sulphur River, in Delta County, Texas. It was constructed for municipal water supply. Fishing tournaments are prohibited on this lake. Angler access is adequate with one public boat ramp. Bank angling access is poor because of dense growths of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation along the shoreline in the vicinity of the public access area and the fishing pier is unsafe. The shoreline is characterized as featureless and the littoral zone contains several species of native aquatic plants and Eurasian watermilfoil. Aquatic vegetation coverage, estimated at 36.7%, is considered excessive. American lotus accounted for 21.6%, native submerged types (muskgrass and coontail) 5.2%, and Eurasian watermilfoil 9.9%.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on survey results all species should continue to be managed under current regulations. The Eurasian watermilfoil in Big Creek is not considered problematic at present, but total vegetation coverage is excessive. Electrofishing will be conducted every second year to monitor the largemouth bass population. In every fourth year, age-0 fish will be collected and electrophoretically analyzed to assess the genetic composition of the largemouth bass population.

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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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