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Halbert Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob Norman and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Halbert were surveyed in 2014 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2015 using gill netting. Vegetation and angler access surveys were conducted in August 2014. This report summarizes results of these surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Halbert is a 531-acre reservoir on Elm Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, constructed by the City of Corsicana in 1921 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is adequate, and a fishing pier is available. In addition, shoreline access is available in the park along the west bank. A prolonged drought in 2005-2006 reduced reservoir capacity to approximately 28% and the reservoir was closed to recreation. Littoral habitat fluctuates accordingly with water level.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass, Palmetto Bass, White Crappie, and catfish. Due to limited natural littoral habitat, partners have been sought to collaborate and construct artificial habitat structures, however, no interested parties have been identified to date. Local news media outlets have been contacted regarding the Blue Catfish fishery potential, since the first collection of Blue Catfish in 2003. The city of Corsicana (controlling authority) was notified of the potential spread of invasive species following the construction of a pipeline connecting Lake Halbert to Richland Chambers Reservoir

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

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