Oak Creek Reservoir 2006 Survey Report media download(PDF 298.4 KB)

If you have difficulty accessing the information in this document, contact the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division for assistance.


Oak Creek Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by C. Craig Bonds and Mandy K. Scott
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-C, San Angelo, Texas

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 2006 using electrofisher and trap nets, and in 2007 using gill nets. 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 (2,000 feet above MSL) and 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. The water level declined 34 feet from August 1997 to May 2003, severely limiting fish production and angler use. Although reservoir water level rebounded slightly in 2003, 2005, and 2007, reservoir surface area totaled only 870 acres in May 2007. Habitat features consisted of flooded saltcedar and black willow and rocks. One boat ramp provided access, but a decrease in water level of only a few feet would leave it unusable.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from the 2002 survey report recommended waiting until the reservoir caught enough water to allow boat access before conducting evaluations of fish populations. 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

Sport Fish Restoration Logo

Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program