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Pat Mayse Reservoir - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey and Aaron Jubar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Pat Mayse Reservoir were surveyed in 2008 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2009 using gill netting. Aquatic vegetation and habitat surveys were conducted on Pat Mayse Reservoir during July 2008. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Pat Mayse Reservoir is a 5,940-acre impoundment located in Lamar County, Texas, on Sanders Creek, a tributary of the Red River. It was constructed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1967 for flood control, and as a municipal and industrial water supply. The major habitat components observed were native emergent vegetation, native floating macrophytes, and standing timber. Total vegetation coverage was less than 2% of reservoir surface area. Hydrilla coverage was estimated at <0.1 acre, less than previous estimates in summer 2004 (6.1 acres) and summer 2000 (30.2 acres) (Storey and Jubar 2005).

Management History

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are the most important sport fishes present. The fisheries management plan from the 2004 survey report recommended monitoring the largemouth bass population through electrofishing, monitoring the genetic influence of Florida largemouth bass using fin-tissue samples from age-0 fish collected during fall electrofishing and continuing to monitor the reservoir’s hydrilla infestation.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue with standard fisheries monitoring in 2012-2013 and conduct additional electrofishing survey in 2010 to monitor the largemouth bass population. Monitor the City of Paris’ plans to sell water from Pat Mayse Reservoir, its impact on the reservoir’s water elevation and its affect on recreational users and fish populations.

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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

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