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Leon Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael D. Homer Jr. and Natalie Goldstrohm
Inland Fisheries Division - Abilene Distrcit

This is the authors' summary from a 30-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Leon Reservoir were surveyed in fall 2016 with bass-only electrofishing, in 2018 by electrofishing and trap netting, and in spring 2019 by gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2019 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

Leon Reservoir has a surface area of 1,756 acres, and it was constructed in 1954 by impounding the Leon River. The reservoir is in Eastland County, roughly seven miles south of the City of Eastland, and it is controlled by the Eastland County Water Supply District. Leon Reservoir is used for flood control, municipal and industrial water supply for the City of Eastland, and for recreation. Heavy rainfall in 2015 refilled and flooded the reservoir, though water level dropped five feet below conservation pool by summer 2018. Fall 2018 rainfall refilled the reservoir to full pool.

Management History

Sport fish in the reservoir include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and White Bass. Hydrilla was first documented in the 2010 vegetation survey and was mechanically removed in one northeastern cove; additional areas containing miniscule patches of hydrilla were not treated. From 2014-2018, hydrilla was monitored annually, and it did not cause any access problems. The most recent stocking (Florida Largemouth Bass) occurred in 2019.

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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