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Alvarado Park Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael S. Baird and John Tibbs
Inland Fisheries Division
Waco 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 Alvarado Park Reservoir were surveyed in 2021 using electrofishing and in 2022 using 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

Alvarado Park Reservoir is a 507-acre impoundment located near the City of Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas and is operated by the City of Alvarado. Primary water use is recreation and flood control. Public bank access is limited to the boat ramp area and boat access is good. Habitat features consisted mainly of natural shoreline, bulk heading, boat docks and piers, and emergent aquatic vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Since 2013, management efforts have focused on posting and maintaining appropriate aquatic invasive species (AIS) signage at access points to try and prevent the spread of AIS into the reservoir - and supporting the statewide public relations campaign “Clean. Drain. Dry”. The City of Alvarado successfully applied for a federal Boating Access Grant administered through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and completed renovation and construction in 2020. Recent accomplishments include building and deploying fish attracting structures in the lower end of the reservoir. Management efforts from 2021-2022 include aquatic vegetation, boater access, electrofishing, and gill netting surveys.

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 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program