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Lake Tyler West - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Jacob D. Norman
Inland Fisheries Division – Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 33-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Tyler West were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing. Vegetation and angler access surveys were conducted in August 2015. A roving creel survey, conducted from March through May 2016, collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on the findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Tyler West is a 2,224-acre reservoir on Prairie Creek, a tributary of the Angelina River in Texas. The reservoir was built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat and bank access were adequate. Although facilities were generally accessible to the physically-challenged, none were specifically marked as ADA approved. Native emergent vegetation has formed a fringe around most of the reservoir. Native submersed vegetation is recovering following the 2010-2014 drought; no hydrilla was detected. Lake Tyler West and Lake Tyler East are connected by a canal and share common harvest regulations.

Management History

Sport fishes present include Channel Catfish, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Crappies. The reservoir is currently managed under the statewide fishing regulations. Biennial electrofishing surveys were conducted to assess the reservoir’s Largemouth Bass population. Advanced fingerling Channel Catfish stockings were conducted from 2004-2010. Supplemental Largemouth Bass sampling was conducted in 2013, and fingerling stockings were conducted in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program



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