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Lake Placid - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Greg Binion and John Findeisen
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-E, Mathis, 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 Lake Placid were surveyed in fall 2008 using trap nets and electrofishing and spring 2009 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

Lake Placid is a 214-acre reservoir located on the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe County one-half mile southwest of Seguin. This small impoundment, constructed in 1928, is fed by the Guadalupe River watershed and used for water supply, hydroelectric generation, and recreation. The reservoir is controlled by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). Substrate in the upper portion of the reservoir is composed primarily of rock and gravel, and the middle and lower portions of the reservoir is composed of clay, sand and silt. In addition to boat docks, piers, bulkheads, and riprap, littoral habitat consists of several native aquatic species including water willow, white water lily, and spatterdock.

Management History

Important sport fish species include largemouth, guadalupe, and spotted bass, channel, blue, and flathead catfish, and crappie. Nuisance aquatic vegetation (hydrilla, water hyacinth, and water lettuce) caused access and recreational problems in the watershed prior to herbicide treatments and grass carp introductions in 1996. Since 1996 hydrilla has not been observed in Lake Placid, but water hyacinth and water lettuce were observed in small quantities during the 2008 physical vegetation habitat survey. A severe flood event in October 2004 caused damage to the dam of Lake Placid, causing the reservoir to remain 12-feet below conservation pool for a 6-month period between November 2004 and April 2005. This low water period has likely caused a negative impact on the Lake Placid fisheries. Florida largemouth bass and channel catfish were stocked in 2005 following this low water event.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. Hydrilla, water hyacinth, and water lettuce have caused access and recreational problems in the watershed and monitoring efforts should be maintained to detect new infestations. Electrofishing and trap netting is scheduled for fall 2010 to further assess and monitor declines in prey assemblage (primarily sunfishes) abundance as well as poor body condition of
largemouth bass and white crappie.

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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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