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Oak Creek Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Mandy K. Scott
Inland Fisheries Division - San Angelo District

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Oak Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2012 and 2014 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2013 and 2015 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2014-2015 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

Oak Creek Reservoir is a 2,375-acre impoundment at conservation pool and is located 45 miles north of San Angelo in the northeast corner of Coke County, Texas, in the Colorado River drainage basin. Primary uses included municipal water supply, recreation, and until 2002, cooling water for a power plant. Water level declined 31 feet from January 1998 to April 2003, severely limiting fish production and angler use. Reservoir water level rebounded by October 2007, when it was less than a foot below conservation level, then steadily declined again. The reservoir was about 26 feet below conservation pool at the time of sampling, and was approximately 423 acres. Habitat consisted of featureless bank and rocky shoreline with standing timber and flooded terrestrial vegetation. There were three public boat ramps available, but none were useable during the sampling period.

Management History

Important sport fish included Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, catfishes, and White Bass. Smallmouth Bass were managed under restrictive harvest regulations for seven years, then rescinded after it was found to be ineffective. A variety of fish species have been stocked in the reservoir including Threadfin Shad, Channel and Blue Catfishes, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program