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Benbrook Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Thomas Hungerford, Raphael Brock, and Cynthia Holt
Inland Fisheries Division
Fort Worth District

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

Fish populations in Benbrook Reservoir were surveyed in 2021 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2022 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2021-2022 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

Benbrook Reservoir is a 3,635-acre impoundment located on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River approximately 10 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Water level fluctuates drastically in the reservoir from year to year. Benbrook Reservoir has consistently been eutrophic. Habitat consisted of rock, gravel, natural shoreline, and standing timber.

Management History

Important sport fishes include White Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from the 2018 survey report included stocking Hybrid Striped Bass fingerlings, and increased gill net sampling to improve catch of Hybrid Striped Bass. Because Largemouth Bass are the most sought-after species by anglers, Florida Largemouth Bass have also been stocked. Historically, efforts were made to increase shoreline vegetation. Plantings have included, water willow, cattail, and pickerel weed. However, the vegetation was unable to establish due to frequent and significant water level fluctuations.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program