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Kurth Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Jules Smith and Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-D, Jasper, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Kurth Reservoir was surveyed in 2003-2004 with electrofishing (both fall and spring [largemouth bass only]), trap nets, gill nets, a structural habitat/aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and comparisons are made with historical data (1986-2003). Based on this information, a management plan was developed for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Kurth Reservoir is located on a small, unnamed tributary of the Angelina River in the Neches River basin. Abitibi Consolidated is the controlling authority and primary use is water supply for their paper mill. At conservation pool (197.5 ft. msl), Kurth Reservoir is 726 surface acres in size, has a shoreline length of 15 miles, and a mean depth of 15 feet. Water level fluctuations average 3 feet annually. Historically, public access was restricted at the reservoir via a closed period (November 1 to March 14 each year) and an outboard motor horsepower restriction (boats equipped with > 20 horsepower motors were denied access). Based on TPWD recommendations to increase angler access and safety, Abitibi Consolidated removed both the closed period and horsepower restriction and implemented a lake-wide no-wake zone in March of 2003. Current angler and boat access is adequate, but no handicap-specific facilities exist. Habitat in the lake consists of flooded timber and aquatic vegetation (primarily hydrilla). Most of the land around the reservoir is used for timber production.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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