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Daniel Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Natalie Amoroso and Michael Homer Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Daniel Reservoir were surveyed in fall 2013 using electrofishing and trap netting. No gill netting was conducted in spring 2014 due to low water levels. Historical data are presented with the 2013 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

Daniel Reservoir is a 950-acre impoundment constructed in 1948 on Gonzales Creek. The reservoir is located in Stephens County approximately 65 miles northeast of Abilene and is owned and operated by the City of Breckenridge. The reservoir provides municipal water supply for the City of Breckenridge. It was nearly dry from fall 2003 to spring 2007. After filling in June 2007, the water level began to decline and was nearly 11 feet below conservation pool in January 2014. Boat access was limited to one public boat ramp during the summer and fall of 2013 but was no longer usable by larger boats in March 2014. Bank fishing access was limited to the boat ramp area.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and crappie. Previous management history included re-establishment of all sport and forage fishes by stocking fish, inform anglers of new fishing opportunities, discuss water conservation and stricter water restriction trigger points on the use of Daniel Reservoir for municipal water use with the City of Breckenridge. The most recent stockings included Florida Largemouth Bass in 2007 after the lake refilled. Angler harvest of all sport fishes has been regulated according to statewide size and bag limits.


No aquatic or semi-aquatic plants were present in 2013. The most prevalent vegetation type was flooded terrestrial brush and areas without vegetation. Riprap, cobble, boulders, and bedrock were also present.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Survey Channel Catfish, White and Black crappie, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, and forage fish populations when water level permits. Meet with the City of Breckenridge to discuss water conservation and their plans for Daniel Reservoir as a municipal water source for the city. Advertise the excellent White Crappie fishery. Inform the public of the threat of invasive species and their impacts.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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