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Lake Houston - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Webb and Niki Ragan
Inland Fisheries Division - College Station/Houston District

This is the authors' summary from a 36-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Houston were surveyed in 2018 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2019 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from March 2019 through May 2019 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2019 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

Lake Houston is a 10,160-acre reservoir constructed on the San Jacinto River by the City of Houston in 1954 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Its location within the Houston metropolitan area results in heavy recreational use.

Management History

All sport fisheries at Lake Houston are regulated under statewide length and bag limits. For several years, Palmetto Bass were stocked annually, but stockings were discontinued in 1999. Poor shallow-water habitat has limited abundance of many sport fish species, particularly Largemouth Bass. Silt loading from improper sand and gravel mining techniques in the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, upstream of the reservoir, is the primary cause of the shallow-water habitat losses. Efforts to mitigate the sedimentation include solar water circulators, native vegetation restoration, legislative action to better regulate sand and gravel mining, and dredging to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

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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