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Hubbard Creek Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Hubbard Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2012 using gill nets. This report summarizes survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Hubbard Creek Reservoir is a 15,250-acre impoundment constructed on Sandy Creek and Hubbard Creek, tributaries of the Brazos River. It is approximately 55 miles northeast of Abilene, Texas. It was constructed in 1962 for municipal water supply and flood control. There was a long-lasting drought from 1998 through summer 2007 as water level dropped to 18 feet below conservation level in 2002 and 2005. It nearly filled in summer 2007 with a water level increase of 13 feet and finally filled in spring 2008. Water level was about 15 feet below conservation level at time of sampling in fall 2011, and littoral habitat consisted primarily of rock, dead brush, featureless mud flats, and hydrilla.

Management History

Fish populations have always been managed with statewide harvest regulations. Threadfin shad were introduced in 1984 and remain an important prey species. Palmetto bass were stocked twice (1979 and 1982). No palmetto bass have been collected since 2000. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1979, and additional stockings occurred in 1986, 1990, 1991, 2003, and 2011.

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-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program