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Kirby Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael D. Homer Jr. and Jacob Wright
Inland Fisheries Division
Abilene District

This is the authors' summary from a 43-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

From 2017-2021, fish populations in Kirby Reservoir were surveyed by various methods including electrofishing, low-frequency electrofishing, tandem hoop netting, trap netting, and jug lining. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings

Reservoir Description

Kirby Reservoir is a 740-acre impoundment at conservation pool located within Abilene, Texas. The reservoir is an impoundment on Cedar Creek within the Brazos River Basin. From 2017-2022, the reservoir’s water level fluctuated. Water level declined from 2017 until about spring 2018 when heavy rains kept the reservoir at or above conservation pool until about summer 2019 when the water level declined about 4 ft. Heavy rains in 2020 and 2021 resulted in large increases in water level and were followed by rapid water level declines. Water level was -4 ft. by April 2022. Predominant habitat features consisted of mud flats, rocks, brush, and vegetation mostly consisted of bulrush, cattails, flooded terrestrial vegetation, and exotic salt cedar. One boat ramp and one handicap-accessible fishing pier were available during the survey period, and bank-fishing access was plentiful.

Management History

Sport fish include Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, White Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and sunfishes. All sport fishes, except for Blue and Channel catfishes, were managed under statewide harvest regulations. In 2021, Blue and Channel catfishes harvest regulations were modified to allow for harvest without a minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 25 fish/day in combination with no more than 5 fish ≥20 inches TL and no more than 1≥ 30 inches total length (TL).

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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