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Lake Houston - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Webb and Jeff Henson
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Bryan, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Houston were surveyed in 2006 using electrofishing and in 2007 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2005 to May 2006 with a roving creel survey. 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 12,240-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 a number of years palmetto bass were stocked annually, but it became evident that those stockings were ineffective at establishing a fishery, and the stockings were discontinued in 1999. Poor quality shallow-water habitat has impeded the expansion of many sport fish species, particularly largemouth bass. A combination of shoreline bulkhead construction and silt loading from improper sand and gravel mining techniques in the West Fork San Jacinto River have contributed to shallow-water habitat losses. Efforts to mitigate these losses have been unsuccessful to date.

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-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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