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Kickapoo Reservoir - 2017 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

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

Reservoir Description

Kickapoo Reservoir is a 6,028-acre impoundment located on the Little Wichita River in the Red River Basin approximately 30 miles west of Wichita Falls. It has a primarily natural and rocky shoreline. The reservoir elevation has been near conservation pool (1,045 msl) since 2015. Kickapoo water quality is considered good for municipal use, but is turbid from surrounding clay soils.

Management History

Important sport fish include catfishes, Largemouth Bass, and White Crappie. Past management plans recommended maintaining the genetic integrity of the existing pure northern strain Largemouth Bass population as a defined source for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) hatchery brood stock program. The reservoir is popular for its White Crappie fishery. Kickapoo has always been managed with statewide regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue conducting genetic testing every four years when Largemouth Bass are collected during routine monitoring and during brood stock collections. Monitor the White Crappie population every four years using trap nets. Monitor the Blue Catfish population using low-frequency electrofishing every eight years.

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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