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Caddo Lake - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Michael W. Brice
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 34-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Caddo Lake (Texas side only) were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and in 2006 using trap nets and gill nets. An angler creel survey and economic assessment of the fishery was conducted from June 2002 to May 2003. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Caddo Lake is a 27,472-acre natural lake on Big Cypress Creek located in the Cypress Creek Basin approximately 20 miles northeast of Marshall, Texas in Harrison and Marion Counties, and Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Habitat features consisted of Bald Cypress wetlands and a complex aquatic plant community including invasive species waterhyacinth and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and crappie. The management plan from the 2001 survey report included the need for aquatic vegetation monitoring strategies, unified fish harvest regulations between Texas and Louisiana, largemouth bass genetic monitoring and supplemental stocking when appropriate, economic assessment of the Caddo Lake fishery, and the formulation of a multi-agency task force to protect this important resource. Largemouth bass were managed with 14-to 18-inch slot-length limit. Florida largemouth bass stocking was requested for 2006 and 2007. Annual efforts to control waterhyacinth coverage on the lake continue.

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-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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