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Kirby Reservoir - 2009 Survey Report

Prepared by Ben Neely and Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 42-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Kirby Reservoir were surveyed in 2006-2010 using creels, hoop nets, electrofishing, trap nets, jug lines, gill nets, and low-frequency electrofishing. 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 level and is located in the city limits of Abilene on Cedar Creek in the Brazos River Basin. The reservoir was completely dry in early fall 2000, but filled in July 2002 and has remained within five feet of conservation pool. Treated effluent water has been pumped into the reservoir since September 2001 and has helped maintain water level. Habitat primarily consisted of mud flats, rocks, brush, and bulrush. Two boat ramps and one handicap-accessible fishing pier were available for anglers. Bank fishing access was excellent.

Management History

Kirby Reservoir went completely dry in 2000. Forage and sport fish were re-introduced as the reservoir filled. District staff have maintained contact with city officials and encouraged them to retain a high and stable water level in the reservoir with treated effluent water. Saugeye have been stocked annually since 2001 (excluding 2003 and 2007) to provide additional sport fishing opportunities. Abiotic fish habitat structures were placed in the reservoir in 2006 and 2008 to increase fish habitat diversity.

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-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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