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Lake O' the Pines - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Lynn D. Wright
Inland Fisheries Division - Marshall District

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 Lake O’ the Pines were surveyed in 2014 using electrofishing and tandem trap netting and in 2015 using baited hoop nets. Historical data are presented with the 2014-2015 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

Lake O’ the Pines is a 16,269-acre reservoir on Big Cypress Creek, which was constructed in 1956 by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for flood control, municipal and industrial water supply, and public recreation. Habitat features consisted of inundated timber, brush, creek channels, and riprap. Native aquatic vegetation covered about 10% of the reservoir, while non-native invasive species (i.e., hydrilla, water hyacinth, and alligatorweed) accounted for 13% of the reservoir surface.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Bass, sunfish, and crappie. Palmetto Bass stocking was discontinued due to low angler utilization. All fish species are currently managed under statewide harvest regulations except for crappie. From 1 December until the last day in February, anglers are required to keep the first 25 crappie they catch each day regardless of size to minimize excess mortality due to fish being caught in deep water.

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