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Amistad Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Randall A. Myers and John A. Dennis
Inland Fisheries Division - San Antonio District

This is the authors' summary from a 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Amistad Reservoir were surveyed in 2016 and 2017 using electrofishing and in 2017 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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

Amistad Reservoir is a 63,680 acre Texas-Mexico border impoundment on the Rio Grande River. It was constructed in 1969 and is managed by the International Boundary and Water Commission to provide water for irrigation and hydro-electric power generation. Boat and angler access is excellent. The National Park Service (NPS) maintains 9 public boat ramps. Water level averaged 25 feet below conservation pool elevation (CP) since spring 2015, however it remained relatively stable fluctuating just 11 feet since then which contributed to the expansion of aquatic plants. Occurrence of aquatic vegetation, primarily hydrilla and pondweed spp., was 35.8% in 2016.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Largemouth Bass, catfishes, Striped Bass, and White Bass. Striped Bass were stocked in most years since 1974. Florida Largemouth Bass (FLMB) were stocked periodically from 1975 to 2008 and annually since 2010 to improve FLMB introgression and trophy Largemouth Bass potential. Angler harvest of all sport fishes has been regulated according to statewide size and bag limits. Since 2004, the NPS has regulated and quantified black bass tournaments via a mandatory tournament permitting program.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program