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Gibbons Creek Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark A. Webb and Alice Best
Inland Fisheries Division - College Station-Houston District

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Gibbons Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using electrofishing and gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2019 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

Gibbons Creek Reservoir is a 2,770-acre impoundment located in the Navasota River Basin in Grimes County, Texas, 14 miles east of College Station, Texas. Impounded in 1981 by Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA), the reservoir was used for power-plant cooling and is now used for recreational purposes. Angler Access consists of a 5-lane boat ramp, bank access and a pier Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved restrooms are available. Water level has been within 3 feet of spillway elevation since 2017. Habitat features consisted of aquatic plants (both native and nonnative species), standing timber, and rocks.

Management History

Sport fish in Gibbons Creek Reservoir include Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus), Channel Catfish (I. punctatus) and crappie. Largemouth Bass regulations have sought to protect the trophy potential of the population and are currently managed under a 16- to 24-inch slot-length limit and a five-fish daily bag limit, with one fish over 24 inches allowed per angler per day. White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) and Black Crappie (P. nigromacultaus) have been managed under a 10-inch minimum-length limit with a combined 25-fish daily bag for since 1988. Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish were managed with a 9-inch minimum length limit and 25-fish daily bag until 1995 when the minimum-length limit was increased to12 inches. The use of trotlines, juglines, and throwlines in Gibbons Creek Reservoir is prohibited.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program