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Lake Bob Sandlin - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael W. Brice and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 30-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Bob Sandlin were surveyed in 2003 and 2005 with electrofishing and 2006 with trap nets and gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2004 to May 2005 by a roving creel. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Bob Sandlin is a 9,116-acre impoundment located on Big Cypress Creek in the Cypress River Basin. The lake is located in Titus, Camp, and Franklin Counties. Habitat features consist of standing timber, brush, riprap, creek channels, native aquatic plants, and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and crappie. All sport fish at Lake Bob Sandlin have historically been managed with statewide harvest regulations. Florida largemouth bass have been stocked in this reservoir to improve the quality of the largemouth bass fishery. Stockings in 1977 and 1998 have been successful in maintaining adequate Florida largemouth bass genetic influence in the population. However, recent increases in aquatic vegetation coverage have created an opportunity for additional Florida largemouth bass stocking to increase the abundance of pure Florida largemouth bass in the population and improve the trophy fishing potential of this reservoir. In recent years, native vegetation has increased to 730 acres in 2003 and 1,230 acres in 2005. Hydrilla has increased as well to 404 acres in 2003 and 1,900 acres in 2005.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Conduct electrofishing surveys every other year beginning 2006, and general monitoring with trap nets and gill nets 2009-2010. Aquatic vegetation surveys will be conducted annually beginning in 2006. All sport fish will continue to be managed under statewide harvest regulations.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program