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Lake Murvaul - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Michael W. Brice
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 31-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Murvaul were surveyed in 2008 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2009 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from March 2007 through May 2007 and March 2009 through May 2009 with a roving creel survey. 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 3,820-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, but hydrilla coverage has increased in recent years and has provided submersed aquatic vegetation habitat. Giant salvinia was found and removed adjacent to a boat ramp on the reservoir.

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 2008 and 2009 to maintain this trophy fishery. Other important sport fish include channel catfish and crappie. Both species 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-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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