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Buffalo Creek Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Howell and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, 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 Buffalo Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2006 using trap nets and electrofishing and in 2007 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir 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. It has a primarily rocky shoreline with periodically flooded terrestrial habitat. The reservoir was at least 13 feet below conservation pool (1,048 msl) from January of 2003 through May 2007 (Figure 1) at times as much as 23 feet low. Buffalo Creek water clarity is turbid at times.

Management History

Historically important sport fish include largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. In 2005 and 2006, northern largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked at the rate of 100 per acre based on estimated reservoir size at time of stocking. Channel catfish were stocked in 2005. The stockings were in response to extended periods of low water in previous years that adversely impacted fish populations. Buffalo Creek has always been managed with statewide regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Conduct general monitoring with trap netting, gill netting, and electrofishing surveys in 2010-2011.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program