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Bonham City Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, 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.

Bonham City Reservoir was surveyed by creel survey in 2002, with trap nets and electrofisher in 2004, and with gill nets in 2005. This report summarizes the results of these surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Bonham City Reservoir, a 1,020-acre impoundment on Timber Creek a tributary to Bois d’Arc Creek which is a tributary to the Red River, was constructed in 1969 by the City of Bonham for municipal and agriculture water supply and recreation. It is located 3 miles northeast of Bonham in Fannin County. The reservoir drains approximately 29 square miles. The shoreline was 18.25 miles long and has a shoreline development index of 4.1. Boating access was good and there were facilities available to the physically challenged. Fish habitat was primarily native emerged vegetation, boat docks, and boat ramps.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Bonham City Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. Although blue catfish are recruiting to legal size, no sublegal fish have been collected since the 1997 survey. The same situation exists with channel catfish, except there were a few sublegals collected, but not enough to conduct a category-two age-analysis. The blue and channel catfish populations should be sampled again in 2007 to check population structure and age and growth. The largemouth bass population should be sampled again in 2006 to augment age and growth data last collected in 2000. Fish stock assessments should continue according to established procedures. Update the Bonham City Reservoir (Bonham City Lake) web page on the TPWD web site with appropriate information as needed.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program