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Aquilla Reservoir - 2010 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 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Aquilla Reservoir were surveyed in 2010 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2011 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Aquilla Reservoir is a 2,366-acre impoundment supplied by Hackberry and Aquilla Creeks within the Brazos River Basin, Hill County. The reservoir was created in 1982 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for municipal water supply and flood control. Aquilla is moderately productive, with water clarity ranging from 2 to 4 feet. Fish habitat at time of sampling consisted primarily of natural shoreline. Improved bank and boat access on the reservoir was good, but limited handicap-specific facilities were available.

Management History

Important sport fish included largemouth bass, white bass, white crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from 2003 included an evaluation of the largemouth bass genetic composition, which was completed in 2006. A creel survey was conducted in fall 2006 and spring 2007; those data were included in the 2007 survey report. Several articles have been written to publicize Aquilla’s fishery including an article in the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine on jug lining for blue catfish in May 2007 and a news release titled “Fishing Lake Aquilla” published in local newspaper in August 2010. Exotic vegetation surveys were conducted annually to monitor hydrilla.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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