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Houston County Lake - 2004 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Houston County Lake was surveyed during the period June 2004 to May 2005 using electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, a littoral zone habitat survey, an aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access and facilities survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Houston County Lake is a 1,523 acre reservoir located on Little Elkhart Creek in the Trinity River basin near Crockett, Houston County, Texas. The reservoir lies within the Piney Woods Vegetational Area. Soil types are Freestone-Kenny and Kaufman-Trinity Associations. The Houston County Water District (controlling agency) constructed Houston County Lake in 1966 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Houston County Lake has a drainage area of approximately 44 square miles and a shoreline length of 25 miles. Rainfall in the watershed averages 33 inches per year. Flooded timber and residential development surround the lakeshore.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The largemouth bass fishery in Houston County Lake is providing marginal sport fishing opportunities. The number of slot-sized largemouth bass was lower in the 2004 sample than it was in the 2002 and 2003 samples with no fish above 15 inches captured. We will continue monitoring the bass population annually. No regulation changes are recommended at this time. The crappie population in Houston County Lake appears to be small and widely scattered. However, information obtained in the spring 2002 creel survey indicates a significant crappie fishery. TPWD will conduct a spring creel survey in 2006 to monitor the crappie population.

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