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Graham Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Wes Dutter and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
Wichita Falls District

This is the authors' summary from a 44-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Graham Reservoir were surveyed in 2021 using electrofishing, trap netting and in 2022 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from Dec 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022, with a creel survey that will continue until the end of November. Historical data are presented with the 2019-2022 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

Graham Reservoir is a 2,396-acre impoundment located on Salt Creek in the Brazos River Basin approximately two miles northwest of Graham. The water elevation has been within three feet of full pool since 2015 when a record drought was ended by heavy precipitation resulting in the reservoir elevation rising 15 feet. Graham Reservoir has moderate to high productivity. Habitat features consisted of natural shoreline, standing timber, and rocks. Much of the reservoir is ringed by emergent aquatic vegetation. There are four public boat ramps and adequate bank-fishing access.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass, Sunshine and Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, White and Black Crappie, and Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfish. The management plan from the 2017 survey report included stocking Sunshine and Palmetto Bass at 7 fish/acre every year for each hybrid cross as part of an approved research project. September 1, 2021, the Blue and Channel Catfish regulation changed to a 25 fish aggregate bag limit, no minimum length-limit, and only 10 catfish 20-inches or greater in length being harvested.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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