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Lake Bardwell - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob Norman and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Bardwell were surveyed in 2014 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2015 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2014-2015 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

Lake Bardwell is a 3,138-acre impoundment located on Waxahachie Creek in the Trinity River Basin approximately 3 miles southwest of Ennis, Texas. Water level has mostly been within 2-4 feet of spillway elevation since 2005. Lake Bardwell is classified as hyper-eutrophic. Habitat consists of featureless shoreline, eroded bank, and small amounts of native submersed, and native emergent vegetation. Angler access and facilities are very good with five public access areas and one commercial marina.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass, Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2010 survey report included requested stockings of Palmetto Bass fingerlings at 10 fish/acre annually, and subsequent bi-annual gill netting to monitor the population. Because Palmetto Bass fingerlings were not available in 2010, fry were stocked at 615/acre. Reservoir regulations posters were distributed to local businesses, marinas. The controlling authority was consulted with in regards to funding a native plant introduction project, however, funding and manpower was not available.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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