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Navarro Mills Reservoir - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Daniel L. Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Navarro Mills Reservoir fish community was surveyed from June 2008 through May 2009 using electrofisher, gill nets, and trap nets. A vegetation survey was conducted in August 2008. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Navarro Mills Reservoir is a 4,336-acre reservoir on Richland Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River. It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) in 1963 to provide flood control and water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat and bank angler access are excellent. Handicap-specific facilities are present in the parking lot and restrooms near three of the boat ramps. Water is turbid but is high in productivity; mean TSI chl-a is 54.9 (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 2007), therefore classified as eutrophic. Land use surrounding the reservoir is primarily agricultural (row cropping) and contributes to high turbidity and siltation. Navarro Mills Reservoir is operated by USACOE, therefore, there is no residential development of the shoreline and angler access is excellent.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, blue and channel catfish, white bass, and white crappie. No stocking has been conducted at Navarro Mills Reservoir since the last survey report (Ott and Bister 2005). Fish community surveys are conducted every four years. Statewide harvest regulations are in effect for all species.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Standard surveys will be conducted in 2012-2013 to monitor sport fish and prey populations. Angling opportunities and fishery status of blue catfish will be promoted through local media. Outreach presentations will be conducted as requested.

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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