McClellan Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report
Prepared by Charles Munger and Jason Henegar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas
This is the authors' summary from an 11-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.
Low water levels at McClellan Reservoir prevented surveys with trap nets and electrofishing in 2005 and gill nets in 2006. This report summarizes the general history of the reservoir.
McClellan Reservoir is a 405-acre reservoir (<1 acre in August 2005) located 64 miles east of Amarillo, Texas, on McClellan Creek in the Red River Basin. It is owned and operated by the United States Forest Service as part of the Black Kettle National Grassland and is used for recreational purposes. It has a history of substantial water level fluctuations. When the reservoir is full, angler and boat access is adequate. There are no handicap-specific facilities. Primary habitat was mud bank and rock.
Important sport fish include white crappie and catfish. It was almost dry in 1990, dry in 1995, then filled to overflowing in 1996. The reservoir was almost dry in 2000. Extensive excavation was done within the basin in 2001 and 2002 to allow for better water retention. The reservoir refilled to ½ capacity in 2004 then dried again in 2005. The reservoir is managed with statewide regulations and stocked with channel catfish and largemouth bass when water conditions permit. Saugeye were stocked in the reservoir to help manage an overabundant crappie population.
Based on current information, and due to extreme water level fluctuations, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. The focus will be on providing a catfish fishery in the next few years, if water levels allow for continued survival. Blue catfish will be requested and stocked as available and as water levels permit. Stocking of saugeye may be recommended as water levels permit as white crappie populations have been a problem in the past. Black bullhead have become overabundant in the reservoir in the past. Stocking of flathead catfish may be conducted to help manage this problem if it occurs.
Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program