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Caddo Lake - 2017 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division — Marshall District

This is the author's summary from a 37-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Caddo Lake were surveyed in 2017 using electrofishing and dual-cod trap netting, and in 2018 using tandem hoop netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2017 through May 2018 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2018 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 on Big Cypress Creek located in the Cypress Creek Basin approximately 20 miles northeast of Marshall, in Harrison and Marion Counties, Texas and Caddo Parish, Louisiana: 12,712 acres lie in Texas. Habitat features consist of bald cypress wetlands and a complex aquatic plant community including the invasive species giant salvinia, water hyacinth, crested floating heart, and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and crappies. The management plan from the 2013 survey report included the need for nuisance aquatic vegetation monitoring, Largemouth Bass supplemental stocking, and the need to investigate alternative sampling approaches in the presence of giant salvinia. 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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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid F-221-M-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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