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Alvarado Park Reservoir - 2013 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 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 2013 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2014 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 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. We were unable to obtain the conservation pool elevation from the city of Alvarado as there is no elevation monitoring system in place. The reservoir was at or near conservation pool during the sampling period but reportedly did experience low water levels in prior years. Primary water use is recreation. Alvarado Park Reservoir is eutrophic with stable productivity. Habitat features included natural shoreline, bulk heading, and boat docks/piers. Aquatic vegetation is limited to shoreline stands of cattail (Typha spp.) and bulrush (Scirpus spp.).

Management History

Sport fishes in Alvarado Park Reservoir have always been managed with statewide regulations. Important sport fishes include White Bass, Largemouth Bass, and catfish. Since the last report (2010), the City of Alvarado was contacted and informed about the possibility to use funds from selling water to well drilling companies to match federal funds for a boating access program. The City of Alvarado matched funding by sale of water to well drilling companies, and the grant application is pending. Invasive species signage was posted at the access in 2013.

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-4 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program