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Lake Jacksonville - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr., PhD and Daniel J. Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Lake Jacksonville fish community was surveyed from June 2008 through May 2009 using an electrofisher, gill nets, and trap nets. A vegetation survey was conducted in August 2008. A roving creel survey was conducted from December 2008 through May 2009 and collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Jacksonville is a 1,208-acre reservoir on Gum Creek (a tributary of the Neches River), Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat and bank angler access is adequate. Handicap-specific facilities were present in the parking lot and restrooms near the main boat ramp. Water is clear and low in productivity. Land surrounding the reservoir is highly modified for residential development and approximately 40% of the shoreline has bulkhead at the land/water interface.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie and black crappie. Largemouth bass are managed with an 18-inch minimum-length limit; remaining species are managed under the statewide harvest regulations. Supplemental largemouth bass sampling was conducted in 2006 and stockings were conducted in 2006 and 2007. An integrated vegetation management plan was initiated in 1997 featuring triploid grass carp stocking, release of hydrilla flies, herbicide treatments, and native plant introduction. Vegetation surveys have been conducted twice a year (early spring and late summer). Herbicide treatments were continued annually but hydrilla continued to expand. In 2006 and 2007 a total of 3,890 triploid grass carp were stocked (10 fish/hydrilla acre). In July 2007 a major flood event removed most of the hydrilla and grass carp herbivory prevented reestablishment. By summer 2008 hydrilla was reduced to trace coverage and native vegetation was sparse.

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-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program