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Nacogdoches Reservoir - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Dan Ashe and Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-D, Jasper, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Nacogdoches Reservoir were surveyed from June 2008 through May 2009 with fall electrofishing, gill netting, and spring electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed from March through May 2009 with a creel survey. Vegetation and access surveys were also conducted in 2008. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

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 elevation, 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.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass and white and black crappie. The 14- to 21-inch slot-length limit for largemouth bass (implemented in 1988) was changed to a 16-inch maximum length limit in 2008. Florida and ShareLunker largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in 2008 to provide future trophy potential in conjunction with the maximum length limit. Hydrilla is present in the reservoir but is not considered to be problematic.

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