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Toledo Bend Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 45-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Toledo Bend Reservoir was surveyed in 2003-2004 with electrofishing (fall and spring [largemouth bass only]), trap nets, gill nets, a creel survey, 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

Toledo Bend Reservoir, an impoundment of the Sabine River, was constructed by the Sabine River Authority for flood control, generation of hydroelectric power, and water supply for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses. At conservation pool (172 feet msl), Toledo Bend Reservoir is 162,476 surface acres (77,700 acres in Texas), has a shoreline length of 1,200 miles, and a mean depth of 20 feet. Water level fluctuations average 5 feet annually. Access is excellent for both bank and boat anglers. The majority of habitat in the lake consists of submerged aquatic vegetation and standing timber. Most of the land around the reservoir is used for timber production, agriculture, and residential development.

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-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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