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Bastrop Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Marcos J. De Jesus and Mukhtar Farooqi
Inland Fisheries Division - San Marcos/Austin District

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Bastrop Reservoir were surveyed in 2018 using electrofishing and tandem hoop netting. Historical data are presented with the 2018 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

Bastrop Reservoir is a stable-level 906-acre impoundment of Spicer Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, and is located northeast of the City of Bastrop, Bastrop County, Texas. The dam was constructed in 1965 to supply water for cooling a natural-gas-fired power plant operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The reservoir has a shoreline development index of 10.5 and lies within a unique ecological area known as the Lost Pines, a 70 square mile area of the Post Oak Savannah ecological area comprised of loblolly pine forests.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Florida Largemouth Bass were last stocked in Bastrop Reservoir in 1992 to increase Florida Largemouth Bass genetic influence. A 14- to 21-inch slot length limit and a 5-fish daily bag limit (one greater than 21 inches) for Largemouth Bass was implemented in 1993.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The reservoir should continue to be managed under current regulations. The harvest of Largemouth Bass less than 14 inches in length is promoted when possible. Consider an alternative Largemouth Bass regulation that could address the overabundance of smaller fish. Aquatic plant coverage is monitored annually. Inform the public about the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species. Conduct a year-long creel survey in 2020-2021, tandem hoop netting in summer 2022, and electrofishing in fall 2022.

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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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