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Waco Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by John E. Tibbs and Michael S. Baird
Inland Fisheries Division – Waco District

This is the authors' summary from a 31-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Waco Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and in 2016 using trap nets and gill nets. 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 above conservation pool (462 feet above mean sea level [MSL]) during 2015 electrofishing and 2016 trap net surveys and at conservation pool during 2016 gill net surveys. Fish habitat at the time of sampling was dominated by natural, rock, and gravel shorelines. Bank and boat access (12 ramps) to the reservoir is abundant.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Bass, palmetto bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from the 2012 survey report included annual monitoring of noxious vegetation; enhancing aquatic habitat using native vegetation; investigating alternative funding sources for habitat enhancement; enhanced monitoring of the palmetto bass population; stocking Florida Largemouth Bass fingerlings in 2013 and 2015; and addressing invasive aquatic species threats to Waco Reservoir.

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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