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Alvarado Park Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 23-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 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2006 using gill nets. No angler creel was performed during the survey period. 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 within the city of Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas. We were unable to obtain the conservation pool elevation from the city of Alvarado and there is no elevation monitoring system in place. However, the reservoir was three to five feet low during the sampling period. Alvarado Park Reservoir is eutrophic with steady productivity. Habitat features consisted of boat docks, bulkheading, and overhanging brush. Aquatic vegetation was limited to shoreline stands of cattail (Typha spp.) and bulrush (Scirpus spp.).

Management History

Important sport fish include white bass, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. The 2002 management plan included an additional gill net sample in spring 2004. The 2004 sample was meant to 1) monitor a potential declining channel catfish population, and 2) collect blue catfish which had not been collected prior -despite consecutive fingerling stockings in 2000 and 2001. Largemouth bass have always been managed under statewide regulations. The 1995 and 1998 survey reports identified possible recruitment issues in legal-sized bass. The 2002 survey report verified those findings and suggested that angler harvest might be regulating the abundance of legal-sized fish. A 14-18” slot limit, five fish daily bag regulation was suggested in the 2002 survey report to protect adult fish to 18”, as was a creel to survey attitudes and opinions of local anglers. It was later decided that a creel on Alvarado Park Lake would not be cost-effective.

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-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program