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Belton Reservoir - 2010 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 42-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Belton Reservoir were surveyed in 2010 using an electrofisher and in 2011 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2010 through May 2011 with a creel. 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 water clarity averaging around 6 feet. Habitat features consisted mainly of bluffs, rocky shoreline, sandy beaches, and some standing timber.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and palmetto bass, white crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2007 survey report included an evaluation of fry and fingerling palmetto bass stockings, conducting a thorough habitat survey, and conducting a comprehensive age and growth sample on largemouth bass.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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