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Davy Crockett Reservoir - 2017 Survey Report

Prepared by Greg Cummings and Dan Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Davy Crockett Reservoir were surveyed in 2017 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2018 using gill netting. Bass-only electrofishing was conducted in spring 2018. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2018 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

Davy Crockett Reservoir is a 355-acre impoundment located on Dixon and Sandy Creeks approximately 14 miles northeast of Bonham in the Caddo National Grasslands. Davy Crockett Reservoir has high biological productivity. Habitat features consisted of open water, natural shoreline, and native aquatic vegetation (floating-leaved, emergent, submersed; greater than 40% coverage).

Management History

Important sport fish included Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and crappie. The management plan from 2013 recommended the continued stocking of advanced fingerling Channel Catfish, keeping the 14- to 18-inch slot limit for Largemouth Bass, stocking additional Threadfin Shad, boat ramp improvement, and vegetation control to increase angler bank access. Advanced fingerling Channel Catfish were stocked in 2016. The slot limit will be changed to a 16-inch maximum length limit effective 1 September 2018. Threadfin Shad were stocked in 2016 to increase the forage base in the reservoir. Solar lighting for the boat ramp has been purchased by the Forest Service but has not been installed. Habitat surveys still indicate excessive growth of aquatic vegetation.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program