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Lake Tawakoni - 2010 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 36-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Tawakoni were surveyed in 2010 using electrofishing and in 2011 using gill netting, a littoral zone habitat survey, and an aquatic vegetation survey. An access-point creel survey was conducted from June 2008 through May 2009. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Lake Tawakoni is located in Van Zandt, Rains, and Hunt Counties, Texas on South Fork and Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River and Caddo Creek. It was constructed by the Sabine River Authority to provide water for municipal and industrial uses and for recreational purposes. During the past 4 years lake elevations have decreased on two occasions for periods of approximately 12 consecutive months. In January 2009 the elevation reached its lowest level of that period at 4.9 feet below conservation pool elevation. Between November 2009 and April 2011, lake elevation decreased by 4.1 feet. The land-water interface was primarily natural shoreline (85.2%) and shoreline modifications consisted of piers and docks (14.0%), rocky shorelines (11.9%) and bulkheading (2.7%). The most abundant littoral habitat type was native emergent vegetation (60.4%) followed by flooded terrestrial vegetation (44.7%).

Management History

Important sport fishes in Lake Tawakoni include striped bass, hybrid striped bass (palmetto bass and sunshine bass), white bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Annual requests are submitted to stock striped bass and palmetto bass at a rate of 5/acre.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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