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Clyde Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 14-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Clyde Reservoir was surveyed in fall 2004 using electrofishing and trap nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Clyde Reservoir is a 500-acre impoundment located on Pecan Bayou in the Colorado River Basin approximately 15 miles southeast of Abilene. It was constructed in 1970 as a municipal water supply and is controlled by the City of Clyde, Texas. The reservoir lies within the High and Rolling Plains Land Resource Area. Topography grades from gentle to moderate relief with sandy to loamy soils. Watershed land use is primarily agriculture. Water level history is not kept for this reservoir; however, during winter 2000/2001, the reservoir size was estimated at less than fifty surface acres due to a severe ongoing drought. By the end of 2004, water level was within 4 feet of conservation level. The habitat consisted primarily of mud flats and submerged terrestrial vegetation.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Lake Clyde has been a producer of trophy largemouth bass in the past. The current lake record is 14.8 pounds and was caught 2001. The lake had been very low as a result of the drought of 1998-2004, but water levels have been steadily rising since that time. Florida largemouth bass were stocked in 2004 as part of a selective restocking effort to help restore this quality fishery. Based on past history and the current status of the fishery, the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass should be sufficient for management purposes.

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