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Brandy Branch Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Lynn D. Wright
Inland Fisheries Division – Marshall District

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Brandy Branch Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed from December 2015 through February 2016 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2015/2016 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

Brandy Branch Reservoir is a 1,257-acre impoundment of Brandy Branch Creek in the Sabine River Basin in Harrison County. It is used for power plant cooling and recreation. Structural habitat is mainly inundated timber. Hydrilla was the most dominant aquatic plant species during the 2015 survey. Eurasian watermilfoil was discovered in 2007 and has expanded in recent years. Giant salvinia was introduced from a boat trailer in 2008 and immediate efforts to eradicate this invasive species were successful. There have been several other giant salvinia introductions; all have been eradicated to date. Tilapia were discovered in the reservoir in 2015. Their presence is likely due to an unauthorized introduction; they were not intentionally stocked by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Management History

Largemouth Bass are the primary sport fish in this reservoir. All sport fish have historically been managed with statewide harvest 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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program