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Mill Creek Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by David R. Smith, Quintin Dean, and Jake Norman
Inland Fisheries Division
Tyler South District, Tyler, Texas

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 Mill Creek Reservoir were surveyed in the fall of 2020 using electrofishing and trap netting. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. An additional electrofishing survey was conducted in fall 2018 to monitor Largemouth Bass and an additional hoop netting survey was conducted in summer 2019 to monitor Channel Catfish. Historical data are presented with 2018–2020 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. Habitat features consisted primarily of submersed and emergent vegetation.

Management History

Important sportfish include Largemouth Bass and crappie. The management plan from 2017 included continuing to manage for a trophy Largemouth Bass fishery and continuing efforts to establish a variety of native submersed and emergent aquatic vegetation. Efforts were made to establish desirable native species of aquatic vegetation in the reservoir with a series of plantings within enclosure cages and a floating wetland. Florida Largemouth Bass fingerlings were stocked in 2018.

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