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Mackenzie Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by John Clayton and Caleb Huber
Inland Fisheries Division
Amarillo District

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Mackenzie Reservoir were surveyed in 2018 and 2020 using electrofishing, in 2017 and 2021 using gill netting, and in 2020 using tandem hoop netting. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2021 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

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, eutrophic reservoir that experiences strong thermal stratification during summer months. At conservation pool (3,100 feet above mean sea level; FMSL) the reservoir is a 900-acre impoundment. At the time of sampling, the reservoir had a mean elevation of 3014 FMSL and a surface area of approximately 209 acres. Habitat consisted primarily of natural featureless shoreline and rock bluff.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Largemouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, White Bass, White Crappie, and catfishes. All species have been managed with statewide harvest regulations.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program