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Cisco Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

Prepared by Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Cisco Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2012 using gill nets. This report summarizes survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Cisco Reservoir is a 1,050-acre impoundment constructed on Sandy Creek, in the Brazos River Basin, approximately 45 miles east of Abilene, Texas. Its primary function was municipal water supply. From 1999 to fall 2004, water level went from 11-feet low to 23-feet low. From late 2004 through 2005 water level increased 10 feet. Water level fell again in 2006 and 2007 before heavy rains in June and July 2007 increased water elevation by 15 feet. Since that time, however, water level steadily declined to nearly 20-feet low by the end of 2011. Fish habitat in 2011 consisted primarily of rock, scattered dead brush, and boat docks. Boat access consisted of one public boat ramp. Bank-fishing access was limited to the boat-ramp area.

Management History

Fish populations have been managed with statewide harvest regulations. An attempt to introduce smallmouth bass in the 1990s was unsuccessful.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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