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Lake Whitney - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by John 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 Whitney Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and in 2016 using gill nets. 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

Whitney Reservoir is a 23,200-acre impoundment of the Brazos River, in Bosque and Hill Counties. Water level has been18 feet below conservation pool (approximately 517.0 feet above mean sea level [MSL]) to over 20 feet above conservation pool (approximately 556.0 feet above MSL) since 2011. Water levels were within three feet of conservation pool (533.0 feet above MSL) during the 2015-2016 surveys. Fish habitat at the time of sampling was dominated by natural rock shorelines. Boat access (23 ramps) on the reservoir is excellent.

Management History

Important sport fish include Striped Bass, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. All have been impacted by periodic toxic golden alga blooms since 2001. Efforts to mitigate these losses have included enhanced collection of fisheries data, annual Striped Bass stockings, and Smallmouth Bass stocking requests. Recent management efforts include cooperating with the controlling authority to post appropriate signage at access points to try and prevent the spread of the invasive zebra mussel into 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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