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Mountain Creek Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Raphael Brock and Thomas Hungerford
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Mountain Creek Reservoir was surveyed in 2004 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2005 using gill netting. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Mountain Creek Reservoir, a 2,710-acre reservoir located on Mountain Creek (a tributary of the Trinity River), was constructed in 1937 by Dallas Power and Light. It was primarily built as a cooling reservoir for a power plant. It is located in Dallas County four miles southeast of Grand Prairie, Texas. At conservation elevation (457-ft mean-sea-level), the reservoir contains 22,840 acre feet of water. It has an average depth of 8.5 ft and a maximum depth of approximately 26 ft. The reservoir is located in the Blackland Prairies vegetational area. The watershed is primarily industrial and residential. The northwest side of the reservoir is owned by the City of Dallas which purchased the property from the U.S. Navy. Angler and boat access is inadequate. There is no handicap specific facility on the reservoir. At the time of sampling the fishery habitat was primarily rip-rap and native emergent vegetation. In April 1996, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) declared Mountain Creek Reservoir a prohibited area for the possession of all fish species due to their contamination with PCB’s.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Due to the TDSHS ban on possession of fish from Mountain Creek for PCB contamination, existing regulations should be changed to catch-and-release only to reflect the fish possession ban regulation. Management strategies that complement the catch-and-release regulation need to be developed. In the spring 2001, angler complaints were received concerning the inability to submit lake records. After consulting with TDSHS, no modification of the ban could be developed. With the addition of a former TPWD employee to TDSHS, efforts are being made to modify current fish possession ban to allow fish harvest for lake records only. With access to the reservoir limited by the poor condition of the only public boat ramp, the controlling authority, Exelon Energy, has been contacted for improvements.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-30 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program