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Baylor Creek Reservoir - 2019 Survey Report

Prepared by Caleb Huber and John Clayton
Inland Fisheries Division – Amarillo District

This is the authors' summary from a 13-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Baylor Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using electrofishing and trap netting.  Gill nets were planned in 2020 but were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Historical data are presented with the 2019 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

Baylor Creek Reservoir is a 600-acre impoundment constructed in 1950 on Baylor Creek, a tributary of the Red River, located nine miles west of Childress, Texas.  During the 2019 survey period the reservoir covered approximately 213 surface acres. The reservoir is owned by the City of Childress and is maintained for recreation.  Water elevations are variable, and the reservoir is prone to extreme low water.  Shoreline access is poor and boat access is restricted to one boat ramp.  The reservoir has high conductivity levels and is subject to occasional Golden Algae kills.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfish.  The lake level increased in 2016.  Prior to this increase, the lake had not been sampled since 2007.  Baylor Creek Reservoir is managed under statewide regulations. 

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