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Lake Murvaul - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Joseph D. Lechelt and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division
Marshall District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 36-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Murvaul were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2017 using gill netting and tandem hoop netting. Anglers were surveyed from March 2017 through May 2017 with a spring-quarter creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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

Lake Murvaul is a 3,507-acre impoundment constructed in 1958 on Murvaul Creek in the Sabine River Basin. Structural habitat is mainly inundated timber and natural shoreline features. Native aquatic plant abundance is limited. Invasive plant species have the potential of becoming problematic in Lake Murvaul. During the 2016 vegetation survey, water hyacinth was found on the western side of the FM 1971 bridge and giant salvinia was found in multiple nearshore areas around the lake.

Management History

The trophy Largemouth Bass fishery at Lake Murvaul has been a focus of fisheries management efforts for many years. The fishery is currently managed with a 14- to 21-inch protective slot length limit with a 5-fish daily bag, of which only one fish can be greater than 21 inches. Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 2011, 2014, and 2016 to maintain trophy potential. Other important sport fish include Channel Catfish and crappies, which are managed with statewide harvest regulations.

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

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