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Benbrook Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Thomas Hungerford and Raphael Brock
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Benbrook Reservoir were surveyed in 2013 with electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2014 using gill netting. 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 widely in the reservoir. Benbrook Reservoir has consistently been hypereutrophic. Habitat consisted of standing timber and rocks.

Management History

Important sport fishes included White Bass, Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from the 2009 survey report included stocking Palmetto Bass at 10 fingerlings/acre, annually. Largemouth Bass have been managed with state-wide minimum length limit of 14 inches. Florida Largemouth Bass were introduced in the mid-to-late 1970s and stocked again in 2007. Blue Catfish were stocked in 1990 and 1991 to capitalize on the abundant prey base. Recent efforts to improve the fish habitat and angler success have included planting aquatic vegetation.

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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program