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Lake Hawkins - 2003 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

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

Reservoir Description

Lake Hawkins (699 acres) is located, on Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County, Texas. It was constructed for flood control and recreation. Angler access is good with four publicly accessible boat ramps. Bank angling facilities are limited. Habitat features include several native aquatic plant species, Eurasian watermilfoil, boat docks, and standing timber. Total aquatic plant coverage was estimated at 44.6%. Native species occupied 40.4% of total reservoir area and Eurasian watermilfoil occupied 4.2% of the reservoir.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on survey results, all species should continue to be managed under current regulations. Surveys will be conducted periodically to monitor the coverage of Eurasian watermilfoil. Electrofishing will be conducted every other year to monitor largemouth bass abundance and population size structure. In addition, surveys every four years will also monitor growth, and genetic composition.

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