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Lake Fork - 2008 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 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Largemouth bass in Lake Fork Reservoir were surveyed in 2008 and 2009 using electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed with an access point creel survey, and a vegetation survey was conducted to assess waterhyacinth distribution. 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 five miles northwest of Quitman, Texas. Water levels have been stable for the past 12 months, remaining within one foot of conservation pool elevation. Total coverage of hydrilla in summer 2007 (1.5% of reservoir surface area) was reduced as compared with 2006 (3.8%) and 2005 (4.8%) (Storey and Jubar 2008). Eurasian watermilfoil appears to have displaced hydrilla in some areas and occupied the same total area (418 acres) as hydrilla in summer 2007.

Management History

Important sport fishes include largemouth bass, crappie (white and black), and channel catfish. The management plan from the 2008 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 access creel survey. District staff continued to promote the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey. Waterhyacinth abundance and distribution is monitored through annual vegetation surveys and recommendations are made to continue annual herbicide treatments to attempt to control its spread.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Annual actions include: stocking FLMB to enhance largemouth bass genetics, spring and fall electrofishing for largemouth bass, an access point creel survey, annual vegetation surveys of waterhyacinth and promotion of the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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