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Mineral Wells Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Dan Bennett and Greg Cummings
Inland Fisheries Division - Denison District

This is the authors' summary from a 23-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 2018 using electrofishing and trap netting. Aquatic vegetation and angler access were surveyed in 2018. Historical data are presented with the 2018 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

Mineral Wells Reservoir is a 440-acre impoundment located on Rock Creek, a tributary to the Brazos River in Parker County, situated at the east edge of Mineral Wells. The reservoir was constructed in 1920 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Water level declined from conservation elevation (863 feet above mean sea level) from January 2012 until late April 2015, when rains caused the reservoir to rise and flow over the spillway. Mineral Wells Reservoir has moderate primary productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline with native emergent vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass and White Crappie. The management plan from the 2014 survey report recommended installation of fish attractors around the six fishing piers, promotion of the fishing opportunities available at the reservoir, and cooperating with Lake Mineral Wells State Park with invasive species education and prevention. Stocking of advanced fingerling Channel Catfish and monitoring with gillnets has been discontinued since a catch card survey indicated low directed effort and harvest for that species (Moczygemba 2015).

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