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Mineral Wells Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by John H. Moczygemba and Bruce Hysmith
Inland Fisheries Division - Denison District

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Mineral Wells Reservoir were surveyed in 2014 using electrofishing and trap netting. Habitat, vegetation, and angler access were surveyed in 2014. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Mineral Wells Reservoir, a 440-acre impoundment located on Rock Creek in Parker County, was constructed in 1920 by the U.S. Army and is situated at the east edge of Mineral Wells. Since 2012 water level has declined from conservation elevation (863 feet above mean sea level) until late April 2015, when the lake flowed over the spillway. Mineral Wells Reservoir has moderate primary productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline and native emergent vegetation, especially along the shoreline.

Management History

Important sport fish include Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and White Crappie. As part of the 2010 management plan, a catch-card creel survey was conducted in 2012 to determine angler harvest information. Stocking of advanced fingerling Channel Catfish was discontinued after the creel survey, which indicated the current Channel Catfish population could sustain the present angling pressure.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program