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Kickapoo Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Tom Lang and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations at Kickapoo Reservoir were surveyed in 2013 using trap netting and electrofishing. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 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 rocky shoreline. The reservoir elevation has been consistently dropping since 2011 to it’s current elevation 14-feet below conservation pool (1,045 msl). Kickapoo water quality is considered good for municipal use, but tends to be turbid from surrounding clay soils.

Management History

Important sport fish include catfishes, White Bass, 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 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

Maintain the genetic integrity of the existing Largemouth Bass population as a pure northern strain population by not introducing any Florida strain Largemouth Bass. If reservoir elevation increases appreciably, consider requesting a supplemental stocking of northern Largemouth Bass. Continue conducting electrophoretic testing every four years when largemouth bass are collected.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program