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Belton Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael S. Baird and John Tibbs
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-B, Waco, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 37-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Belton Reservoir was surveyed in fall 2006 using a boat electrofisher, winter of 2006 with trap nets, and spring 2007 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

Belton Reservoir is a 12,385-acre impoundment located in Bell County, Texas. Mean and maximum water depths are 37 and 124 feet respectively, and the reservoir is classified as mesotrophic with secchi disk readings around 6 feet. Habitat features consisted mainly of bluffs, rocky shoreline, sandy beaches, and some standing timber.

Management History

Important sport fish include white bass, palmetto bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white crappie, blue catfish, and channel catfish. The first and only creel survey for Belton was conducted from March 2003 through February 2004; these data are included in this report. The 2000 management plan documented low prey availability and recommended reducing palmetto bass stockings. In 2002, the management plan reduced the stocking rate of palmetto bass to 8 fish/acre. The reduced stocking rate will be re-evaluated in this report also.

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-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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