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Davy Crockett Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 23-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 2005 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2006 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2005. 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. Water level has remained within 3 feet of the spillway since 2001. Davy Crockett Reservoir has moderate, and increasing, productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of native emerged vegetation and native submerged vegetation, especially along the shoreline and in the two main bays in the upper end.

Management History

Important sport fish included channel catfish, largemouth bass, and crappies. The management plan from the 2001 survey report included a recommendation to discontinue stocking Florida largemouth bass, which were stocked in 1997-1999. After 3 consecutive years of stocking, introduction of Florida alleles into the native largemouth bass population was unsuccessful. A 14-to 18-inch slot length limit for largemouth bass was implemented in 1996. A spring and fall creel survey in 2001 revealed most anglers sought to catch largemouth bass, followed by channel catfish, and crappie. Anglers did not harvest under-the-slot largemouth bass, as expected. Overall angling pressure during the spring and fall of 2001 was low. 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-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program