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Fort Parker Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael S. Baird and John Tibbs
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-B, Waco, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fort Parker Reservoir was surveyed in fall 2006 using a boat electrofisher and trap nets, and spring 2007 with gill nets. This report summarizes survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Fort Parker Reservoir is a 725-acre impoundment located within Fort Parker State Park in Limestone County, Texas. Mean and maximum water depths are 4 and 8 feet respectively, and the reservoir is moderately productive due to Navasota River inflows. Habitat features consisted of rock, native emergent aquatic plants, overhanging brush and woody debris.

Management History

Important sport fish include white bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. The 2003 survey report recognized immigration of blue catfish to Fort Parker State Park reservoir from Mexia reservoir just upstream. The blue catfish appeared to be doing well utilizing the abundant forage base, so the 2003 management plan included stocking two-inch blue catfish fingerlings at 100 fish/acre to encourage this new fishery. Advanced fingerlings were actually stocked at approximately 10 fish/acre in fall 2003. Advanced channel catfish fingerlings were stocked at approximately 6 fish/acre in 2004. Northern largemouth bass were also stocked at a rate of 129 fish/acre in 2004. Clarification of the prohibition of trotlines and jug lines within the reservoir was made in the 2003/2004 Outdoor Annual.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue stocking blue catfish to improve a poor catfish fishery. Conduct habitat/vegetation survey in 2009/2010, and continue general monitoring with trap nets, gill nets, and electrofishing surveys in 2010-2011.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program