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Lake Arrowhead - 2019 Survey Report

Prepared by Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division – Wichita Falls District

This is the authors' summary from a 36-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Arrowhead Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using electrofishing, low-frequency electrofishing, and trap netting. Anglers (rod and reel and passive gear) targeting Blue Catfish were surveyed during a creel survey from September 2016 through February 2017. Anglers targeting all species were surveyed during a creel survey from June 2018 through May 2019. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2020 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

Arrowhead Reservoir is a 14,969-acre impoundment located on the Little Wichita River in Archer and Clay Counties approximately 20 miles southeast of Wichita Falls. At time of sampling, the water elevation was near full capacity with the shoreline habitat consisting mainly of natural and rocky shoreline. The dam is located in Clay County and the reservoir is owned and operated by the City of Wichita Falls as a municipal and industrial water supply. Arrowhead has a shoreline length of 106 miles and a drainage basin of 832 square miles. Boat access is normally good with five improved public ramp sites around the reservoir. Public access includes 524-acre Lake Arrowhead State Park located on the northwest side near the dam. Bank access is adequate, but the only improved handicapped access is at the State Park. Some standing timber remains in the upper reservoir and backs of coves.

Management History

Important sport fish include Blue and Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass and White Crappie. Arrowhead is managed under statewide regulations. Fish attractors have been placed around the derricks located in the lower end of the reservoir in the past. More recent work includes placing artificial fish attractors around the state park piers and placing green lights under the fishing pier.

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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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