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Lake Fork - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey and Aaron K. Jubar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 48-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Fork Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing, trap netting, and gill netting and in 2006 using electrofishing, gill netting and trap netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2005 to May 2006 with an access point creel survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Fork Reservoir is a 27,264-acre impoundment located on Lake Fork Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, approximately 5 miles northwest of Quitman, Texas. Water levels reached an historic low level of 4.2 feet below conservation pool elevation during January 2006 as a result of a prolonged drought. Total coverage of hydrilla in summer 2005 accounted for 4.8% of the lake surface area, down from 13.4% in 2004.

Management History

Important sport fishes include largemouth bass, crappie (white and black), and channel catfish. The management plan from the 2004 survey report included continued stocking of Florida largemouth bass (FLMB). The 16-to 24-inch slot-length limit continues to be evaluated through annual electrofishing surveys, and an annual access creel survey. District staff continue to promote the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey. Waterhyacinth abundance and distribution is monitored through annual vegetation surveys and recommendations are made to the Aquatic Habitat Enhancement staff to continue annual spraying to control its spread.

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

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