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Mackenzie Reservoir - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by John Clayton and Charles Munger
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Mackenzie Reservoir were surveyed with electrofishing and trap nets in 2008 and gill nets in 2009. 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 in Briscoe County, Texas. The reservoir is owned by the Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority and is used for water supply and recreational purposes. 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. At the time of sampling, the reservoir had a mean elevation of 3020 FMSL and a surface area of approximately 254 acres. Since impoundment, the reservoir has never caught sufficient runoff to fill to capacity. Angler and boat access is adequate, but there are no disabled specific facilities. Habitat consisted primarily of boulder, rock bluff, and flooded terrestrial vegetation.

Management History

Sport fish include largemouth bass, palmetto bass, white bass, white crappie, and catfish. All species have been managed with statewide harvest regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue management under current harvest regulations. The proposed sampling schedule is a continuation of the current schedule with the addition of electrofishing in 2009 and 2010 and gill netting in 2011.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program