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Lake Fork - 2009 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 34-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 2009 and 2010 using electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed with an access point creel survey, and a vegetation survey was conducted to assess water hyacinth distribution and coverage. 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 an average of 0.2 feet of conservation pool elevation. Water hyacinth distribution and coverage increased as a result of two successive mild winters in 2007 to 2008 and 2008 to 2009 and favorable environmental factors such as high rainfall, windy conditions and early onset of summertime temperatures that encouraged its growth and spread.

Management History

Important sport fishes include largemouth bass, crappie (white and black), and channel catfish. The management plan from the 2009 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. Water hyacinth 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, spring and fall electrofishing for largemouth bass population assessment, an access point creel survey to monitor angler effort, and angler catch and harvest rates, annual vegetation surveys of water hyacinth and distribution, and promotion of the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey. In addition, the water hyacinth management plan will be used to guide treatment activities.

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