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Cedar Creek Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 40-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Cedar Creek Reservoir fishery was surveyed during the period June 2003 to May 2004 using electrofishing, trap nets, gill nets, roving angler creel survey, littoral zone habitat and vegetation surveys, 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

Cedar Creek Reservoir is a 32,623-acre reservoir on Cedar Creek, Texas, a tributary of the Trinity River. The impoundment was constructed by the Tarrant Regional Water District in 1965 to provide water for municipal and industrial use. Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited because the majority of the lakeshore is privately owned. There are no handicap-specific facilities. The habitat and aquatic vegetation survey, which was conducted when the lake was 1.6 feet below conservation pool, indicated poor habitat. Less than 1% of the reservoir contained aquatic vegetation and 60% of the shoreline consisted of bulkhead. Trace amounts of hydrilla (0.15 acres) and waterhyacinth (unknown quantity) were observed during the survey year.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Cedar Creek Reservoir fishing regulations should be maintained at their current status. Annual stockings of palmetto bass should be continued because past efforts have established a popular fishery. Stocking of Florida largemouth bass is scheduled for 2004 and 2005 and should be completed with every effort made to ensure stocking survival. Largemouth bass allele frequency should be re-evaluated in 2007 to assess stocking effectiveness and to determine the necessity of future stocking. Due to the importance of the morone species and catfish fisheries at Cedar Creek, additional optional-year gill netting should be conducted during spring 2006 to monitor these populations. As techniques are developed, habitat improvement should be conducted. Because hydrilla and water hyacinth are invasive, non-native aquatic macrophytes, steps should be taken to control these potentially problematic plants. The Tarrant Regional Water District has been notified of their presence and we have advised that they develop a treatment plan.

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