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Buffalo Springs Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Charles Munger
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, 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.

Buffalo Springs Reservoir was surveyed in the fall of 2004 using trap nets and electrofishing and in the spring of 2005 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 Springs is a 225-acre reservoir that was impounded in 1960 on Yellowhouse Draw, a tributary of the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River, located 5 miles southeast of Lubbock, Texas. It is owned by the Lubbock County Water Control and Improvement District Number 1 and used for recreational purposes. Water levels are stable and nutrient levels are extremely high. A large portion of the fish habitat was cattail. Bank and boat access was good and handicap specific facilities were fair. The reservoir experienced a significant Prymnesium parvum (golden algae) kill during 2003 which had a major impact on the fisheries. The reservoir experienced another kill in 2005, but it was very minor and limited to a single small cove.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. Redbreast sunfish adults should be obtained from another source and stocked in an attempt to re-establish this quality population. Continue stocking striped bass to help control the gizzard shad population. Striped bass should be stocked on an alternating basis where they are stocked at a rate of 15/acre and 40/acre in two consecutive years and then have two years of no stockings. The reservoir should be monitored for P. parvum and associated fish kills. Mitigation of kills should be conducted as soon as practical.

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