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Lake Fork - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division – Tyler North District

This is the authors' summary from a 38-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Fork were surveyed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 using electrofishing, and in 2016 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed with an access point creel survey from June 2014 to May 2015 and from June 2015 to May 2016. Historical data are presented with the 2014-2016 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 2014 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. In November 2015, 3.25 acres of giant salvinia was documented in Chaney Branch. Subsequent control actions have included closing boat ramps, installing oil-spill boom across the cove to inhibit spread of plants, physical removal, and several chemical treatments. By May 2016 significant progress had been made in reducing the coverage of giant salvinia and no additional infestations were detected in the reservoir. Water hyacinth abundance and distribution has been monitored through annual vegetation surveys. Increasing reservoir elevations in 2015 have facilitated germination of water hyacinth seed stock in the hydrosoil which will necessitate chemical treatment.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Annual actions include: stocking FLMB; spring and fall electrofishing to monitor the Largemouth Bass population, an access point creel survey to monitor angler effort, catch, and harvest rates; annual vegetation surveys of giant salvinia and water hyacinth to monitor distribution and abundance.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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