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Amon G. Carter Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 31-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Amon G. Carter Reservoir was surveyed with creel surveys in 2002 and 2003, in 2004 using trap nets and electrofisher, and in 2005 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of these surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Amon G. Carter Reservoir, a 1,540-acre impoundment on Big Sandy Creek, was constructed in 1956 by the City of Bowie and is located 8 miles southwest of Bowie. In 1985 the reservoir was enlarged to 1,848 acres by adding a 308-acre portion downstream of the existing dam. The reservoir has a drainage area of approximately 111 square miles, a shoreline length of 22.5 miles, and a shoreline development index of 4.9. Principal tributaries are Trail, Briar, Cowskin, and Kiel Creeks and McFall Branch. Water depth less than 15 feet accounts for approximately 55% of the reservoir. Average annual rainfall is 30 inches. The reservoir is used as a water supply for the City of Bowie.

There are two public boat ramps with boat boarding piers. A fishing pier is located at Selma Park, the only public park on the reservoir. The pier at Selma Park and shoreline areas at both public areas, while not designed for physically challenged persons, are accessible to the physically challenged. Fish habitat consists of flooded boulders/rocks/stumps, emergent aquatic vegetation, and flooded standing timber. There was < 0.1 acre of hydrilla located near the Big Sandy Camp boat ramp.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the largemouth bass fishery should be protected with a more restrictive regulation, but we have insufficient information to justify a new regulation. We have demonstrated poor recruitment to > 14 inches, but age and growth is based on historic data. It would also be beneficial to have results from a current creel survey with ad hoc question(s) regarding various regulation options. Basic attitudes and opinions could be obtained with a scoping meeting held in Bowie. Once we have acceptable age and growth data, angler catch and harvest rates, and angler input, an appropriate harvest regulation can be identified. Other species continue to produce good angling opportunities and should be managed with existing regulations.

Florida largemouth bass have established above the standard criteria and have persisted with minimal supplemental stocking over the past 19 years. Therefore, no stocking of Florida largemouth bass is recommended. Electrofishing in 2002 confirmed results of our 2000 electrofishing survey which indicated declining largemouth bass > 14 inches. Hydrilla, first discovered in the reservoir in 1995 was confined to the area around the Big Sandy Camp boat ramp off SH1125, but spread of this aquatic vegetation should be monitored. Finally, we recommend updating the (lake) page on the TPWD web site with appropriate information as needed.

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