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Lake Whitney - 2003 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 47-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Whitney Reservoir was surveyed in the fall of 2003 by boat electrofishing and trap netting, and spring of 2004 by gill netting. This report summarizes survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Whitney is located on the Brazos River in Bosque and Hill counties, and is used for flood control, electrical power production, and recreation. The 23,560-acre impoundment has a drainage area of 17,656 square miles, a storage capacity of 622,800 acre-feet, and a shoreline length of 225 miles. Mean and maximum depths are 27 and 108 feet respectively. The reservoir was approximately 6 to10 feet below conservation pool (533 feet) during the 2003 and 2004 sampling, so fish habitat was primarily bluffs, rocky shoreline, and sandy beaches. Bank fishing and boat access on the reservoir is good. Currently, there are no handicap-specific facilities.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Whitney Reservoir should continue to be managed with current regulations. Close attention should be paid to golden alga issues and the appropriate action taken. Water level issues should be discussed with the controlling authorities with the goal of maintaining pool levels. All opportunities to obtain smallmouth bass for stocking should be explored.

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