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Bonham City Reservoir - 2012 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 24-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 2012 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2013 using gill netting. Habitat and aquatic vegetation was surveyed in 2012. Historical data are presented with the 2012-2013 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, 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. From May 2009 to April 2013 water level stayed within 2 feet of conservation level (565 ft-msl) most of the time except during the fall of 2011 (560.3 ft-msl) and 2012 (561 ft-msl). The reservoir has high nutrient productivity. Habitat features consisted of bulkhead, 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. Management recommendations included stocking Blue Catfish fingerlings, supplemental sampling for White Crappie, and recommendation to clean the dam of excessive terrestrial vegetation. From 2009 to 2011 264,253 Blue Catfish fingerlings were stocked.

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