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Davy Crockett Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by John H. Moczygemba and Bruce Hysmith
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-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 2013 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2014 using gill netting. Habitat, vegetation, and angler access was surveyed in 2013. 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. A water level drawdown has kept the reservoir 6.5 feet low since spring 2013. 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 55% coverage).

Management History

Important sport fish included Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and crappies. The management plan from the 2010 survey report included a recommendation to stock advanced sized Channel Catfish to supplement low recruitment to legal size. Advanced Channel Catfish were stocked in 2010 and 2011. The plan also included the introduction of Threadfin Shad. They were stocked successfully in 2011. Electrofishing sampling indicated their establishment in the forage base. The 14- to 18-inch slot length limit for Largemouth Bass was evaluated with a creel in spring 2011 and winter electrofishing. Habitat surveys have revealed an increase in emerged and submerged vegetation in this reservoir.

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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program