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Cisco Reservoir - 2019 Survey Report

Prepared by Natalie Goldstrohm and Michael Homer Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division – Abilene District

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

Fish populations in Cisco Reservoir were surveyed in 2017 and 2019 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2019 using tandem hoop netting. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2020 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

Cisco Reservoir is a 1,050-acre impoundment constructed in 1928 on Sandy Creek, in the Brazos River Basin. The reservoir’s functions are municipal water supply and recreation, and it is controlled by the City of Cisco. The reservoir has a history of extreme water level fluctuations. From 1999 to 2016, the water level fluctuated between 11 to 23 feet below conservation pool (CP). As of May 2016, the reservoir was full and has remained within 5 feet of CP. Fish habitat during the most recent survey consisted primarily of rock, flooded terrestrial vegetation, buttonbush, standing timber, and cattail. Boater access consisted of two public boat ramps. Bank fishing access was limited to the main boat ramp area.

Management History

Sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, catfishes, and White Bass. Redbreast Sunfish and Redear Sunfish have historically been present. Attempts to establish a Smallmouth Bass population in the 1990s was unsuccessful. Florida Largemouth Bass were last stocked in 2020. Sport fish are managed with statewide harvest regulations.

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-221-M-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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