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Lake Hawkins - 2011 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Hawkins were surveyed in 2011 using electrofishing and in 2012 using gill netting. Aquatic vegetation, habitat, and access surveys were conducted during August 2011. Additional vegetation surveys were conducted in May and June 2011 to monitor an increase in the hydrilla coverage. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Hawkins is a 634-acre impoundment located in Wood County, Texas, on Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River. The reservoir was constructed by Wood County for flood control and recreation. Habitat consists primarily of native submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation. Hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil are also present in the reservoir. Standing timber is present but is concentrated in the northern portion of the lake.

Management History

Largemouth bass is the most important sport fish. The management plan from the 2007 survey report recommended conducting electrofishing sampling every two years and monitoring the genetics of the Florida largemouth bass population using fin clips from a sample of largemouth bass collected during fall electrofishing. Periodic vegetation surveys were scheduled to monitor hydrilla in the lake and the controlling authority stocked 200 additional triploid grass carp in November 2011 in response to the increase in abundance and distribution of hydrilla.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Conduct annual vegetation surveys in spring and fall to monitor hydrilla coverage and make management recommendations based on survey findings. Continue with standard monitoring using electrofishing, gill netting, and access surveys in 2015-2016 along with largemouth bass-only electrofishing in 2013. A roving creel survey is planned for March through May 2016.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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