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Caddo Lake - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Lynn D. Wright and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-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 2013 using electrofishing. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 data for comparison. 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 lake (12,712 acres in Texas) 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 the invasive species giant salvinia, water hyacinth, and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and crappies. The management plan from the 2009 survey report included the need for nuisance aquatic vegetation monitoring, unified fish harvest regulations between Texas and Louisiana, largemouth Bass supplemental stocking, and the need to keep stakeholders informed of fisheries-related issues related to Caddo Lake. Largemouth Bass were managed with a 14- to 18-inch slot-length limit. Efforts to control nuisance aquatic plants on the lake continued.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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