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Lake Arrowhead - 2011 Survey Report

Prepared by Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Arrowhead Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using trap nets and electrofishing and in 2012 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

Arrowhead Reservoir is a 14,969-acre impoundment located on the Little Wichita River in Archer and Clay counties approximately 15 miles southeast of Wichita Falls. At time of sampling, the water elevation was 6.5 feet below 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 six 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 catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and white crappie. Arrowhead is managed under statewide regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Populations of catfish are in good shape and should be widely promoted for anglers to enjoy. Largemouth bass relative abundance is down, especially younger, smaller bass, so request a largemouth bass stocking contingent upon a significant increase in the reservoir elevation which will result in improved habitat conditions.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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