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Brandy Branch Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael J. Ryan and Michael W. Brice
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 20-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Brandy Branch Reservoir was surveyed in 2003-2004 using gill nets, trap nets, and electrofishing to survey the fish community. Aquatic vegetation, angler access, and facilities were also assessed. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Brandy Branch Reservoir is located on Brandy Branch Creek in the Sabine River Basin. It was constructed in 1983 by American Electric Power Company (AEP) as a cooling reservoir for lignite-fueled electric power generation. The reservoir lies within the East Texas Timberlands Land Resource Area. It has a drainage area of approximately 4.1 square miles. Shoreline length is 17 miles. Water levels are relatively stable; average annual fluctuation is < 3 feet. Supplemental water is pumped from Big Cypress Bayou to maintain water levels during periods of low rainfall. Littoral area (water depth less than 15 feet) accounts for 11% of the reservoir. Bank fishing and boating access is adequate but limited to one public park and boat ramp. Structural habitat is comprised of inundated timber, brush, and creek channels (Ryan and Brice 2000). Aquatic macrophytes, primarily hydrilla, occupy 18 % of the basin. A fish consumption advisory (selenium) issued in 1992 by the Texas Department of Health (TDH) was rescinded in the fall of 2003.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Rescinding of the fish consumption advisory by TDH expands management opportunities at Brandy Branch Reservoir. Based on fish community data, the fishery should be managed under current harvest regulations. Channel catfish should be stocked to increase fishing opportunities. The fish community and angler use should be monitored to evaluate effects of applied management efforts. Information should be provided through the media to keep anglers informed about fishing opportunities. Existing facilities are in need of periodic maintenance; the access road, parking lot, boat ramp should be maintained to encourage recreational use of the reservoir by the public. Additionally, a courtesy pier that meets ADA requirements should be installed at the boat ramp.

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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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