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Ray Roberts Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 46-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Ray Roberts Reservoir was surveyed in 2003 with trap nets and electrofisher, and in 2004 with gill nets. This report summarizes the results of these surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on these findings.

Reservoir Description

Ray Roberts Reservoir is a 35,719-acre impoundment on the Elm Fork Trinity River north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Denton, Grayson, and Cooke Counties. It was constructed in 1987 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for municipal water supply, flood control, and recreation. Ray Roberts has a drainage area of approximately 692 square miles, a shoreline length of 207 miles, and a shoreline development index of 8.6. Principal tributaries are Isle du Bois, Buck, Range, Wolf, Indian, and Spring Creeks. Approximately 38% of the reservoir is < 15 feet deep. Average rainfall is 36 inches annually. The lake level fluctuated approximately 3.5 feet during the period June 2002 through May 2004. There are seven boat ramps, eight public access areas and angler access at eight bridge crossings, and handicap access is adequate with boarding piers at all boat ramps and a long fishing pier at the Isle du Bois Unit of the Ray Roberts State Park. A park access fee of $5 per person per day or $60 annually (from month of purchase) is required before launching a boat at all sites except Pecan Creek Park off FM3002 on the Elm Fork Trinity River arm of the lake.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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