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Buffalo Creek Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
Wichita Falls 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 Buffalo Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 and 2020 using electrofishing, 2018 and 2020 using trap netting, and in 2021 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2021 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Buffalo Creek Reservoir is a 1,577-acre impoundment located on the North Fork of Buffalo Creek in the Red River Basin approximately 20 miles west of Wichita Falls. At full pool, its shoreline is characterized as natural with some rocks. Buffalo Creek would be characterized as turbid. The reservoir was essentially dry in early 2015 and filled up after heavy precipitation that year. A reservoir wide White Crappie mortality event occurred in June of 2018.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and Channel Catfish. Buffalo Creek has always been managed with statewide regulations. Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Bluegill and Channel Catfish were stocked in 2016 and Channel Catfish had an additional stocking in 2018

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program