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Kemp Reservoir - 2017 Survey Report

Prepared by Tom Lang and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
Wichita Falls District

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Kemp Reservoir were surveyed in 2017 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2018 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2018 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Kemp Reservoir is a 15,104-acre impoundment located on the Wichita River in the Red River Basin approximately 50 miles west of Wichita Falls. It had a primarily natural and rocky shoreline. The reservoir elevation has fluctuated greatly the last four years from >25 feet below to 2 feet above conservation pool (1,144.0 mean sea level). Kemp water quality is somewhat saline and highly conductive. It has had golden alga blooms since 2002 that have had an adverse effect on the fish populations.

Management History

Historically important sport fish include Striped Bass, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. Golden alga fish kills began in 2002 and have occurred periodically since. In response, Striped Bass were stocked in 2002, 2004, and 2005 with no apparent recruitment to the fishery. Excess fry from state hatcheries were stocked in 2009. All stockings ceased after 2009 because of the severe golden alga fish kills that were occurring. After evidence that golden alga had subsided enough that fish were surviving, Striped Bass were once again stocked in 2015 and 2017. In 2005, Florida Largemouth Bass fingerlings were stocked but not a single Largemouth Bass was sampled in 2009. Channel Catfish were stocked in 2005 and 2009. Blue Catfish were stocked in 2002. Kemp has always been managed with statewide regulations.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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