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Martin Creek Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Martin Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and in 2016 using gill netting and baited tandem hoop netting. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2016 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

Martin Creek Reservoir is located on Martin Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River in Rusk County. Luminant Energy impounded the reservoir in 1974 to provide cooling water for their coal-powered generators. At conservation pool, Martin Creek Reservoir is 4,981 surface acres with a shoreline length of 62 miles and a mean depth of 16 feet. Water level fluctuations average 3 to 5 feet annually.

Management History

The management plan from the 2009 survey report included working in conjunction with Martin Creek State Park and Luminant Energy to prevent additional introductions of giant salvinia. Additionally, annual aquatic vegetation surveys were recommended to ensure that a rapid response could occur if giant salvinia was reintroduced. State Park personnel have been vigilant in inspecting boat trailers. Several giant salvinia introductions have been identified and quickly eliminated. Triploid grass carp were stocked from 1996 through 1999 at a rate of 0.6/acre each year to reduce hydrilla that covered about a third of the reservoir. Aquatic vegetation was introduced in 2012, and brushpiles were introduced in 2014. Submersed aquatic vegetation coverage has increased in recent years.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The threat of giant salvinia introduction to this reservoir is high. Continue to work with state park staff, TPWD Aquatic Habitat Enhancement, and Luminant Energy to monitor and manage for invasive aquatic plant introductions. Conduct annual invasive aquatic plant surveys. Continue to investigate alternative sampling gears to monitor catfish populations.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program