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Pat Cleburne Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael S. Baird and John Tibbs
Inland Fisheries Division – Waco District

This is the authors' summary from a 35-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Pat Cleburne Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2016 using gill nets. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2016 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

Pat Cleburne Reservoir is a 1,568-acre impoundment located on the Nolan River within the Brazos River Basin, Johnson County. Water level has been within 7.7 feet of conservation pool (733.5 above mean sea level [MSL]) since 2011. The water level was 3’ below conservation pool during the 2015 electrofishing survey, near conservation pool during the 2015 trap net survey, and 2’ above conservation pool during the spring gill net survey. Habitat features consisted of natural shoreline, rocky shoreline and limited boat docks and piers.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, Channel and Blue Catfish, White Bass and White Crappie. Sport fish have always been managed with statewide regulations. The management plan from the 2007 survey report recommended contacting the City of Cleburne and urging them to clean-up the boat ramp area. Although the area improved over the next few years, it is now closed to the public. The management plan from the 2012 survey report included conducting vegetation and physical habitat surveys and publicizing the reservoir’s angling opportunities. Full aquatic vegetation and structural habitat surveys were conducted during 2011 and 2012. Several fishing and angling articles have been released to local television and radio stations highlighting Pat Cleburne Reservoir opportunities since that time. The most recent fish stocking was advanced fingerling Channel Catfish in 1998. Recent management efforts include cooperating with the controlling authority to post appropriate signage at access points to try and prevent the spread of the invasive zebra mussel into the reservoir.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue managing sport fishes at Pat Cleburne Reservoir with statewide regulations. Maintain invasive species signage and inform the public about the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species. Conduct access and vegetation surveys in summer 2019, and general monitoring surveys with electrofishing and gill net surveys in 2019 and 2020.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program