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Lake Nacogdoches - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Jules Smith and Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-D, Jasper, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Lake Nacogdoches was surveyed in 2004-2005 by electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, a spring access point creel survey, a structural habitat/aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access survey. This report summarizes results of these surveys and comparisons are made with historical data (1997-2004). Based on this information, a management plan was developed for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Lake Nacogdoches is located on Loco Bayou, a tributary of the Angelina River in the Neches River basin. The City of Nacogdoches is the controlling authority. Primary uses are municipal water supply and recreation. At conservation pool, Lake Nacogdoches is 2,212 surface acres in size, has a shoreline length of 16 miles, and a mean depth of 15 feet. Water level fluctuations average 2 feet annually. Two public boat ramps with loading docks provide excellent boat access. One handicap-accessible fishing pier is also present. Habitat in the lake consists of submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation (mainly hydrilla and American lotus) and standing timber. Most of the land around the reservoir is used for timber production, agriculture, and residential use.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Current harvest regulations should remain unchanged. Largemouth bass recruitment into the slot length limit appears high and stable and growth rates of sub-slot fish are good. Relative weights are currently at desirable levels. The largemouth bass population will be monitored closely by conducting biennial spring electrofishing surveys and a spring quarter creel survey every four years. The percentage of pure FLMB in the population is below the goal of 20%. In 2006 and 2007, we will request a FLMB stocking at a rate of 50 fish/acre.

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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