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Lake Fork - 2011 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 36-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 2011 and 2012 using electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed with an access point creel survey. Vegetation and habitat surveys were not conducted during the review period because of record-low reservoir water elevations. 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 and approximately 70 miles east of Dallas, Texas.

Management History

Important sport fishes include largemouth bass, crappie (white and black), and channel catfish. The management plan from the 2010 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, an access creel survey, and the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey. Water hyacinth abundance and distribution has been monitored in the past through annual vegetation surveys although low reservoir water elevations in 2011 made this impractical.

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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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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