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Mill Creek Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Evan C. Cartabiano and Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division
Tyler South District, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Mill Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and trap netting. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted on Mill Creek Reservoir in July 2016 and a bathymetric survey was completed in 2017. An additional electrofishing survey was conducted in fall 2014 to monitor Largemouth Bass. Historical data are presented with the 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

Mill Creek Reservoir is a 237-acre impoundment located in Van Zandt County, Texas, on Mill Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River. The reservoir was constructed by the City of Canton in 1976 for municipal water supply. At conservation elevation, most of the available habitat in the reservoir consists of emergent aquatic vegetation, which occurs along much of the shoreline. In recent surveys, native submerged vegetation has been scarce.

Management History

Largemouth Bass and crappies are the most important sport fishes. The management plan from the 2012 survey report recommended conducting routine monitoring of the Largemouth Bass population. The lack of habitat in the reservoir has been identified as a topic of concern.

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