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Halbert Reservoir - 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 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Halbert 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 Halbert is a 531-acre reservoir on Elm Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, constructed by the City of Corsicana in 1921 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is adequate, and a fishing pier is available. In addition, shoreline access is available in the park along the west bank. High turbidity limits growth of submersed aquatic vegetation and likely has a negative impact on largemouth bass reproduction. A prolonged drought in 2005-2006 reduced reservoir capacity to approximately 28%, and the reservoir was closed to recreation. Littoral habitat continued to be sparse.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and white crappie. The management plan from the 2003 survey report included: constructing brush shelters, installation of a fish feeder on the fishing pier, and distribution of regulation posters to area businesses; no survey was conducted in 2006 due to low water level. The fish community continues 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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