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Lake Pinkston - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Dan Ashe and Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division – Jasper District

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Pinkston Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 and 2016 using electrofishing. 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

Pinkston Reservoir is an impoundment of Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Attoyac Bayou in the Neches River Basin. The City of Center is the controlling authority. Primary uses are water supply and recreation. This reservoir has a surface area of 447 acres at conservation pool (300 feet msl), a shoreline length of 4 miles, and an average depth of 20 feet. Water level fluctuations average 1 - 5 feet annually. Boat access is available with two boat ramps present, but they are in need of repair. Bank access is limited to areas around the public boat ramps and the dam.

Management History

Largemouth Bass are the primary sport fish, but crappies are also present. The 14-18 inch slot-length limit for Largemouth Bass (implemented in 1991) was changed to a 14-21 inch slot-length limit in 2001. Hydrilla has been problematic over the years, and coverage has exceeded 50% of the reservoir surface area. In 1997, triploid Grass Carp were stocked at a rate of 7 fish/vegetated acre (2,100 fish total) in an attempt to reduce hydrilla coverage to 30%. Hydrilla coverage declined to less than 1% coverage in 2015. Although giant salvinia was discovered in the reservoir in 2006, it was eradicated via manual removal several months after introduction.

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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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