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Hords Creek Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Spencer Dumont and Mukhtar Farooqi
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from an 18-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Hords Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets, and in 2006 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

Hords Creek Reservoir is a 510-acre impoundment located on Hords Creek in the Colorado River Basin approximately 55 miles southeast of Abilene. The reservoir was under drought conditions from 1998 to 2004, and during this period the water level had dropped to 20 feet below conservation pool. Hords Creek Reservoir has been at or near full pool since December of 2004. Habitat features at the time of sampling consisted primarily of rocky shoreline and extensive areas of flooded terrestrial vegetation. Boat access is very good. There are three designated areas for bank fishing and three fishing piers.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. Florida strain largemouth bass (FLMB) were originally introduced in 1986, but genotype frequency has been low in recent surveys with reference to trophy bass management objectives. The management plans from the 2001 survey report included stocking FLMB to increase the FLMB genotype frequency of the population to a minimum of 20%. Imperial strain and native strain channel catfish were stocked in 1998 as part of a study to determine which strain would be most effective to use in future stocking efforts in the district. Smallmouth bass were stocked in 1984 and 1985, but failed to establish.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current data, this reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. An additional electrofishing survey should be conducted in 2007 with the primary goal of monitoring the development of the bass population. A mandatory standard survey is scheduled to be carried out in 2009-2010 with trap nets, gill nets, and electrofishing gear to assess the status of the fishery as a whole. Efforts should be made to continue the dialogue initiated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lake manager to monitor shoreline development and its implications for fish habitat.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program