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Lake Welsh - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Lynn D. Wright and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division – Marshall District

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Welsh were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and in 2016 using hoop netting. Anglers were surveyed from December 2015 through February 2016 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2016 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Welsh is a 1,333-acre cooling reservoir for coal-fueled power generation. The reservoir is located in Titus County on Swaunano Creek in the Big Cypress River Basin. Habitat features consist of standing timber, rocky shoreline, riprap, native aquatic plants, and hydrilla.

Management History

Sport fish include Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Largemouth Bass have been managed under an 18-inch minimum length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit since September 1994. All other sport fishes in Lake Welsh have been managed with statewide regulations. Florida Largemouth Bass stockings in 1975 and 1976 were successful in establishing the Florida Largemouth Bass genetics in the population. In 2011, fish attractors (sunken Christmas trees) were deployed at 6 locations in the 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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