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Meredith Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

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

This is the author's summary from a 41-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Meredith Reservoir was surveyed with electrofishing, trap nets, gill nets, and creel surveys from 2003 to 2005. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Meredith Reservoir is an impoundment on the Canadian River located 35 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas. It was built in 1965 to provide municipal and industrial water. The reservoir was designed to impound a 16,000 acre reservoir, but the reservoir experiences substantial water level fluctuations and has recently experienced an extended drought. During this drought period, the reservoir has declined from approximately 11,500 acres in early 2000 to a record low of 5,784 acres in June 2004. Angler and boat access is adequate. Due to low water conditions, only 1 boat ramp was usable in summer 2004. Three ramps are now usable due to low water modifications. There is one handicap accessible fishing pier. Habitat in 1998 was primarily rock and gravel shoreline areas, with some flooded terrestrial vegetation, and 264 acres of native and non-native macrophytes (Munger 1999). There have been no significant man-made changes in habitat since 1998.

Management History

Important sport fish include walleye, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. Walleye were managed under a two under 16 inches regulation to improve angler catch rates and size of fish caught. Smallmouth bass were placed under a 12-15 inch slot limit in 1992 in an effort to increase the number of larger fish. Largemouth bass, crappie and catfish have been managed under statewide regulations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, all species in the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. The harvest regulation for walleye changed on September 1, 1999 from a 16-inch minimum length, 5-fish daily bag to a 5-fish daily bag with no more than 2 fish under 16 inches. The existing walleye regulation is being evaluated through continuation of standard gill net sampling through 2006. Evaluation of standard versus random sampling indicated standard stations are more effective at collecting all target species. Largemouth bass are recommended for stocking when the YAR is below the accepted range of 1-10 and water levels have increased enough to inundate adequate cover.

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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

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