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Kirby Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Spencer Dumont and Mukhtar Farooqi
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, 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 Kirby Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets, in 2006 using gill nets, and in 2005 and 2006 using hoop nets. Anglers were surveyed from March through August 2003 and 2004 with a recreational fishing survey (creel survey). 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 located within the city limits of Abilene on Cedar Creek in the Brazos River Basin. Water level has been within three feet of spillway elevation since July 2002. The reservoir was completely dry in early fall 2000. Treated reuse water has been pumped into the reservoir since September 2001 to maintain water level. Habitat features consisted of bulrush, rocks, brush, and mud flats. Two boat ramps and one fishing pier were available to anglers, and bank-fishing access was excellent.

Management History

Saugeye have been stocked annually since 2001 (excluding 2003) to provide an additional sport fish. District staff have maintained contact with city officials and encouraged them to maintain a high and stable water level at Kirby Reservoir. The reservoir went completely dry in fall 2000. Forage and sport fish were re-introduced as the reservoir refilled.

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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