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Lake Findley - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Greg Binion and Dusty McDonald
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-E, Mathis, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Findley were surveyed in 2021 using spring and fall electrofishing, spring gill netting, fall trap netting and in 2022 using spring gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2021- 2022 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 Findley is a 247-acre impoundment located on Chiltipin Creek, in the San Fernando Creek Basin, located in Jim Wells County (Table 1). It receives water from Chiltipin Creek and from Corpus Christi Reservoir via pipeline. Primary uses included water supply and recreation. Shoreline access is adequate within the park area and the west side of the reservoir; however, boat access has always been inadequate. The unimproved boat ramp is located on the lower west side of the reservoir but can only accommodate small vessels when ample water is available (Table 2). There is a 15-horsepower outboard maximum limit on the reservoir. The reservoir is shallow with substrate comprised of small rock, clay, sand, and silt. Littoral habitat at the time of sampling consisted of native aquatic vegetation, fallen timber, and rip rap.

Management History

Important sport fish species include Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Previously, Palmetto Bass were a focal point of this fishery, in which stockings occurred periodically from 1997 to 2015. In February of 2013, TPWD staff were no longer permitted on the waterbody due to the water controlling authorities enforcing a reservoir-wide horsepower restriction (City of Alice Code of Ordinances Section 62-147) and thus, fisheries management activities were suspended. In 2020, the local water controlling authority (City of Alice) reached out to TPWD staff to assist with the reservoir’s vegetation overgrowth. A new partnership was established, and city officials waived the outboard restriction for only TPWD-operated vessels. Several objective-based fisheries surveys have since been conducted including a vegetation survey that confirmed an overgrowth of coontail and water stargrass. Triploid Grass Carp were stocked 2021 and 2022 to help manage aquatic vegetation. Many retired adult Channel Catfish broodfish were also stocked from the A.E. Wood State Fish Hatchery.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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