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Bonham City Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Todd R. Robinson and Dan Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division
Denison District, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 33-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Bonham City Reservoir were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2017 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from March 2017 through May 2017 with a creel survey. Habitat and aquatic vegetation was surveyed in 2016. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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

Bonham City Reservoir is a 1,020-acre impoundment on Timber Creek, a tributary to Bois d’Arc Creek, which is a tributary to the Red River in Fannin County Texas. Water level has been within 3 feet of conservation elevation since April 2013 and nearly crested the spillway elevation of 571 feet in November of 2015. The reservoir has high nutrient productivity. Habitat features consisted of natural shoreline, bulkhead and boat docks, rip-rap, and native submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish include Blue and Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and White and Black Crappie. Blue Catfish were stocked from 2009 through 2011. Florida Largemouth Bass were last stocked in 1998. The reservoir has always been managed with statewide fishing regulations.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program