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Lake Bardwell - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Patrick A. Beck and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 30-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Bardwell were surveyed in 2006 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2007 using gill nets. A habitat and vegetation survey was conducted in August 2006. Anglers were surveyed from December 1, 2006-May 31, 2007 with a roving creel. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Bardwell is a 3,138-acre reservoir constructed in 1965 on Waxahachie Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, Texas, for flood control and as a water supply for municipal and industrial purposes. The lake is located in Ellis County and is operated and controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The productivity in Lake Bardwell has declined in recent years. Habitat consisted of featureless shoreline, eroded bank, and small amounts of native submersed vegetation, native emergent vegetation, and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, white bass, palmetto bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, white crappie, and black crappie. The management plan from 2003 included annual stockings of palmetto bass to maintain the fishery. A roving angler creel survey was conducted from December 2006 – May 2007 to collect angler use and harvest of the palmetto bass fishery U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has conducted herbicide control of hydrilla in the swimming area.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Palmetto bass should be stocked annually with additional gill netting to evaluate stocking effectiveness. Efforts will be made to coordinate with controlling authority to begin a native plant establishment program to enhance the largemouth bass habitat.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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