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Lake Bryan - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Jeffrey C. Henson and Mark A. Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Bryan, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Lake Bryan fish community was surveyed from June 2005 through May 2006 using electrofishing, gill nets, and trap nets. A structural habitat survey and a vegetation survey were conducted in August 2005. Angler use and harvest information was collected using a roving-creel survey, which was conducted from March-May 2004. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Bryan is a 732-acre reservoir in Brazos County, Texas, built by Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) to provide water for power-plant cooling. The lake has a small watershed with a water well owned by BTU used to help maintain water level. The lake is located within a public park, and access for both boat and bank angling is excellent. The primary fish habitat is limestone rip-rap and scattered native emergent vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish in Lake Bryan include largemouth bass, channel catfish, and white and black crappie. A variety of sunfish species are also abundant. Most species are managed under statewide length and bag limits. Largemouth bass were placed under an 18-inch minimum length limit in 1996. Prey fish are sufficiently abundant in sizes available to largemouth bass.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Largemouth bass are the most important sport fish in Lake Bryan, and our management strategies will continue to focus on maintaining that component of the fishery. We propose a change from the 18-inch minimum length limit to a 16-inch maximum length limit in 2006. This regulation would provide continued angling opportunities for larger bass while allowing limited harvest of bass less than 16 inches. We will be working with BTU to continue a fertilization program designed to boost overall productivity benefiting production of all fish species. Native aquatic plant introductions will continue to be monitored. Coordination with law enforcement staff to reduce illegal harvest will continue.

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