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Brownwood Reservoir - 2012 Survey Report

Prepared by Mandy Scott and Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
Region 1, San Angelo, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 20-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Brownwood Reservoir were surveyed in 2012 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2013 using gill netting. 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

Brownwood Reservoir is a 7,300-acre impoundment located on Pecan Bayou in the Colorado River Basin approximately 70 miles southeast of Abilene. It was constructed in 1933 as a municipal water supply and is controlled by the Brown County Water Control and Irrigation District No. 1. Watershed land use was primarily agriculture, residential, and ranching. The reservoir was about 10 ft. below spillway level at time of sampling. Habitat consisted of rocky shoreline, boat docks, and some standing timber, vegetation, and flooded brush.

Management History

Palmetto Bass were regularly stocked from the 1980s through the mid-1990s before being discontinued because of lack of directed fishing effort and insufficient availability of Palmetto Bass fingerlings for stocking. Largemouth Bass were managed with a 16-inch minimum length limit (MLL) from 1 September 1993 to 1 September 1999. Blue Catfish were stocked in 2007 and 2010 to improve catfish populations and fisheries.

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

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