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Houston County Lake - 2008 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Houston County Lake were surveyed in 2008 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2009 using gill netting. 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, Texas. The reservoir lies within the Piney Woods Vegetational Area. Soil types are Freestone-Kenny and Kaufman-Trinity Associations. The Houston County Water Conservation and Improvement District 1 (controlling agency) constructed Houston County Lake in 1966 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes.

Management History

With the exception of largemouth bass, all sport fishes are managed under current statewide regulations. Largemouth bass harvest has been restricted with a 14-to 21-inch slot-length limit and a 5-fish daily bag limit, of which one fish over 21 inches is allowed per angler per day.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The largemouth bass population is monitored every two years while other species are monitored every four years. Requests are made to stock Florida largemouth bass fingerlings when justified. Hydrilla has returned to problematic levels and will be monitored annually. Currently, TPWD Inland Fisheries is communicating with the Houston County Agricultural Extension office and the Water Conservation and Improvement District to devise a cooperative plan for control of hydrilla.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program