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Kemp Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Howell and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, 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.

Fish populations in Kemp Reservoir were surveyed in 2004 using trap nets, in 2005 using electrofishing and in 2006 using gill nets. 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 Wichita River in the Red River Basin approximately 50 miles west of Wichita Falls. It has a primarily rocky shoreline with some submerged aquatic and flooded terrestrial habitat. The reservoir was within 5 feet of conservation pool (1,147.1) from January of 2005 through January 2006. Kemp water quality is somewhat saline and highly conductive. It has had annual golden alga blooms since 2002 that have had a severe adverse affect on fish populations.

Management History

Historically important sport fish include striped bass, white bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. The 2001 management plan recommended stocking striped bass annually at the rate of 5 to 10 per acre depending on prey availability. Striped bass were stocked in 2002 at a rate of 7.7 fish/acre, in 2004 at 2.5 fish/acre and in 2005 at 9.9 fish/acre. In 2005, Florida largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked at the rate of 12.9 per acre and channel catfish at the rate of 19.1 per acre in response to golden alga mortality in previous years. 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-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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