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Lake Corpus Christi - 2010 Survey Report

Prepared by Greg Binion and John Findeisen
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-E, Mathis, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations were surveyed using electrofishing and trap nets (2006, 2008 and 2010) and gill nets (2009, 2010 and 2011). This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Corpus Christi is an 18,256 acre impoundment located on the Nueces River approximately 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas. The reservoir was built by the Lower Nueces Water Supply District in 1958 to provide water for Corpus Christi and other coastal bend communities. Boat access is correlated with water level. Shoreline and handicap access are limited to a few public areas around the lake. Water is typically turbid, but clears during summer in the lower reservoir and small creek arms. The substrate is composed primarily of silt, sand, clay, and some gravel/rock. Littoral habitat consists of native aquatic vegetation, periodically flooded live and dead terrestrial vegetation, standing timber, and seasonally abundant water hyacinth and alligatorweed.

Management History

Important sport fishes include blue catfish, white bass, largemouth bass and white and black crappie. Recent management efforts have focused on control of nuisance aquatic vegetation, creating additional habitat, and supplementing the naturally occurring largemouth bass population through recent stockings in 2008 and 2009. The district has worked with the City of Corpus Christi to develop and implement a water hyacinth control program. Angler harvest of all sport fishes has been regulated according to statewide size and bag limits.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program