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Millers Creek Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Robert Mauk and Mark Howell
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 30-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Millers Creek Reservoir was surveyed in 2003-04 using electrofishing, gill netting and trap netting. A physical habitat survey and six-month creel survey were also conducted. All netting and electrofishing was conducted using random sites. The 2003-04 catch per unit effort (CPUE) for species in this summary were compared with catch rates from previous Millers Creek surveys during the period 1996-2002. This report summarizes the 2003-04 surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Millers Creek is a 1,794-acre municipal water supply reservoir owned and operated by the North Central Texas Municipal Water Authority in Munday, Texas. The reservoir is on the Baylor and Throckmorton county line, with the dam located in Baylor County. The dam was completed in 1974, impounding Millers Creek a tributary to the Brazos River. The reservoir has a substantial area of rocky shoreline with some standing timber. Shoreline and boat access are adequate, including limited handicapped access at normal pool levels. Conservation pool elevation is 1,331 feet above mean sea level (MSL). The improved boat ramp is useable at elevations above 1,322 MSL.

Fish Community

Creel Survey

The six-month (June-November 2003) creel survey results indicated that angling regulation compliance was adequate as evidenced by the harvest observations. Only one sub-legal fish was observed during the survey and that was a palmetto bass being identified as a white bass. Estimates of total trip expenditures during the creel survey were $54,123.00 and reported expenditures averaged $22.02 per angler. While about 50% of the surveyed anglers were from the immediate four counties surrounding Millers Creek, 20% were from the Lubbock metropolitan area, which is 140 miles away.

Management Strategies

Based on current information, this reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. An abundant gizzard shad population should continue to provide ample forage for future palmetto bass stockings. Based on conversations with the controlling authority, concessionaire, and anglers; acceptance of hybrid stockings has been well received, though directed effort during this creel was low (1.4%). Continued every other year stockings at the rate of 10 per acre are recommended.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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