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Lake Fork - 2013 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 42-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Fork were surveyed in 2012 and 2013 using electrofishing, and in 2014 using gill netting and electrofishing. A vegetation survey was conducted in August 2013. Anglers were surveyed with an access point creel survey from June 2012 to May 2013. Historical data are presented with the 2012-2014 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Fork 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, crappies (White and Black), and Channel Catfish. The management plan from the 2012 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. The Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey was completed in May 2013. Water hyacinth abundance and distribution has been monitored through annual vegetation surveys although low reservoir water elevations through 2014 limited the spread of the plant and also made chemical treatment 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, catch, and harvest rates; annual vegetation surveys of water hyacinth distribution and abundance. 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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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