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Gilmer Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Margaret H. Stadig
Inland Fisheries Division
Marshall District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Gilmer Reservoir were surveyed in 2018 and 2020 using electrofishing and in 2021 using tandem hoop netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2020 through May 2021 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2021 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

Gilmer Reservoir is a 1,010-acre impoundment constructed on Kelsey Creek in the Big Cypress River basin and controlled by the City of Gilmer. Structural habitat consists primarily of natural shoreline features. Habitat is dominated by hydrilla and limited amounts of native aquatic plants.

Management History

Largemouth Bass have been managed with an 18-inch minimum length limit since the reservoir was opened to public fishing. The reservoir has developed a well-known trophy Largemouth Bass fishery. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked Florida Largemouth Bass since 1996 and offspring of ShareLunker brood fish in 2011 to maintain this trophy fishery. Channel Catfish have been stocked in the reservoir, but a self-sustaining population failed to establish.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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