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Eagle Mountain Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Thomas Hungerford and Raphael Brock
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Eagle Mountain Reservoir was surveyed in 2004 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2005 using gill netting. A creel survey consisting of 18 days was conducted during the spring quarter of 2002 to assess angler tendencies. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Eagle Mountain Reservoir is an 8,504-acre impoundment constructed on the West Fork Trinity River by the Tarrant Regional Water District in 1954 for municipal and industrial purposes. The reservoir is located in northwest Fort Worth. A TXU Energy steam electric generating plant uses reservoir water for cooling. Operations at the electric plant have decreased in recent years. The reservoir is approximately 10 miles long and 3.5 miles wide (widest point), drains 1,970 square miles of watershed and has 200 miles of shoreline. Conservation pool elevation is 649 feet mean-sea-level and storage capacity is 19,460 acre-feet. Angler and boat access is fairly limited. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department owns a tract of land that was proposed to be developed into a state park on the reservoir, although no development has occurred to date. There is only one handicap fishing pier on the reservoir. Fishery habitat consisted primarily of boat docks and bulkhead.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, existing harvest regulations should be maintained on Eagle Mountain Reservoir. Access is limited due to the large amount of privately owned land surrounding the reservoir. The reservoir lacks good boat ramps. One management strategy will include possible improvement of existing ramps or construction of new ones. Because the reservoir has adequate habitat and forage, requests for the stocking of smallmouth bass will continue. A 4.15 pound smallmouth was caught in the fall of 2003 establishing a new waterbody record.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-30 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program