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Granbury Reservoir - 2009 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 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Granbury Reservoir were surveyed in 2009 with a boat electrofisher and in 2010 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Granbury Reservoir is an 8,700-acre impoundment located within the Brazos River system in Hood County, Texas. Near constant water level is maintained by a spillway consisting of 16 tainter gates and 2 sluice gates; retention time has been estimated at 260 days. Primary water uses include storage of flood and storm waters, municipal water supply, power plant cooling, and recreation. Granbury Reservoir has only moderate productivity yet the fishery has been hampered by golden algae since 2001. Habitat features were dominated by extensive bulk heading and natural shoreline.

Management History

Sportfishes in Granbury Reservoir are currently managed with statewide regulations with the exception of a 16-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass. Important sport fish include largemouth bass and striped bass. Both have been affected by nearly annual, toxic golden alga blooms since 2001. Efforts to mitigate these losses have included collection of biannual fisheries data, annual striped bass stockings, and Florida largemouth bass stockings.

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-30-R-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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