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Georgetown Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Mukhtar Farooqi and Marcos J. De Jesus
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-C, San Marcos, Texas

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 Georgetown Reservoir were surveyed in 2013 using electrofishing and in 2014 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 data for comparison. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a fisheries management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Georgetown Reservoir is a 1,297-acre impoundment of the North San Gabriel River located in Williamson County, Texas. The dam was constructed in 1980 by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for purposes of flood control, municipal water supply and recreation.

Management History

Important sport fish included White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, catfish species and Palmetto Bass. Palmetto Bass were stocked annually starting in 2003, with the exception of 2010, 2012, and 2014. Sunshine Bass were stocked instead of Palmetto Bass in 2014. Smallmouth Bass were stocked from 2006 through 2008, and from 2010 to 2011, but stocking was terminated once it was determined that the population could not support a fishery. Stockings of Blue Catfish were made in 2000 and 2001 in an attempt to establish a fishery for this species. Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 1986. Largemouth Bass have been managed since 1993 with a 14- to 18-inch slot-length limit. An analysis of that length limit change suggested it had been successful in increasing density and angler catch rate of bass greater than 14 inches in length. Angler harvest of sub-slot bass was not sufficient to improve growth under the slot length limit.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. Subject to availability, Palmetto Bass or Sunshine Bass (collectively known as Hybrid Striped Bass) should continue to be stocked until the viability of this fishery has been determined. The status of the Hybrid Striped Bass population should be documented with an additional gill net survey in 2016. Fish attractor sites should continue to be replenished with brush as needed.

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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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