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Kurth Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Dan Ashe and Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division - Jasper District

This is the authors' summary from a 18-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Largemouth Bass in Kurth Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using spring electrofishing. Reservoir permit holders were surveyed in 2019 with a mail-out questionnaire. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2019 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Kurth Reservoir is an impoundment on a small, unnamed tributary of the Angelina River in the Neches River Basin. The City of Lufkin is the controlling authority and primary use of the reservoir is recreation. At conservation pool, Kurth Reservoir is 726 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 15 miles, and a mean depth of 15 feet. Boat and bank access is adequate, with one boat ramp present. Habitat in the lake consists of flooded timber and aquatic vegetation (primarily hydrilla). Most of the land surrounding the reservoir is used for timber production.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie. Largemouth Bass are managed with a 16-inch maximum length limit, which was implemented in 2013. All other sport fish are managed with statewide regulations. Hydrilla was first documented in Kurth Reservoir in 1999, and coverage reached 34% of reservoir surface area by 2002. In 2002, at the request of the controlling authority, 2,000 triploid Grass Carp were stocked at a rate of 5 fish/vegetated acre in an attempt to reduce hydrilla coverage to 10-15%. This stocking had little effect on hydrilla coverage, and all these fish have likely died due to natural mortality. During the last five years, hydrilla coverage has gradually declined from a coverage of 40.0% to 25.9%.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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