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Mackenzie Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Jason Henegar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Mackenzie Reservoir was surveyed in the fall of 2004 using electrofishing and trap nets and in the spring of 2005 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Mackenzie Reservoir was constructed in 1974 on Tule Creek, a tributary of the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. It is located 12 miles northwest of Silverton, west of State Highway 207, in Briscoe County, Texas. The reservoir is owned by the Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority and provides water to four member cities. Mackenzie Reservoir is characterized as being a deep, clear, mesotrophic reservoir that experiences strong thermal stratification during summer months. At conservation pool (3,100 feet above mean sea level; FMSL) Mackenzie Reservoir is a 900-acre impoundment. Mackenzie Reservoir currently has an elevation of 3,032 FMSL and a surface area of approximately 600 acres. Since impoundment, the reservoir has never caught sufficient runoff to fill to capacity. Angler and boat access is adequate but there are no handicap specific facilities. Habitat consisted primarily of boulder, rock bluff, and flooded terrestrial vegetation.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. A quality palmetto bass population has existed in Mackenzie Reservoir. Catch rates for the 2005 gill net survey could have been a result of record low water levels during 2004. In addition, palmetto bass populations need to be maintained by stocking. Thus, it is recommended that palmetto bass be stocked on the current schedule of every other year at a 5-10 per acre. The palmetto bass fishery should be promoted to the public through the use of press releases.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program