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Waco Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

Prepared by John E. Tibbs and Michael S. Baird
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-B, Waco, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 35-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Waco Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2012 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2011 to May 2012 with a creel. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Waco Reservoir is an 8,465-acre impoundment supplied by the North, Middle, and South Bosque Rivers within the Brazos River Basin, McLennan County. Water levels were six feet below conservation pool (462) during 2011 electrofisher and trap net surveys and full pool during 2012 gill net surveys. Fish habitat at the time of sampling was dominated by natural, rock, and gravel shorelines. Bank and boat access (10 ramps) on the reservoir is good, but there are currently no handicap-specific facilities.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, white bass, palmetto bass, white crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2007 survey report included annual monitoring of noxious vegetation, completing an exotic vegetation management plan, facilitating the placement and design of fishing piers with associated fish habitat structures, evaluating a trophy blue catfish slot limit regulation if implemented, and conducting a thorough habitat survey prior to the 2012 report.

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-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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