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Possum Kingdom Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Tom Lang and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division - Wichita Falls District

This is the authors' summary from a 33-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Possum Kingdom Reservoir were surveyed in 2014 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2015 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2014-2015 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

Possum Kingdom Reservoir is a 15,588-acre impoundment located on the Brazos River approximately 76 miles west of Fort Worth. It has a primarily rocky shoreline with many boat docks. The reservoir was within 15 feet of conservation pool (1,000 ft. above mean sea level) during the survey year. In May 2015, substantial rainfall occurred and Possum Kingdom filled to capacity.

Management History

Important sport fish populations include catfish, White Bass, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and crappie. Possum Kingdom was managed under statewide regulations until September 1, 2002 when the Largemouth Bass minimum length limit was raised to 16 inches and the Striped Bass bag limit was lowered to two per day in response to a golden alga (Prymnesium parvum) fish kill that occurred in early 2001. The Striped Bass bag limit was returned to the statewide bag limit on September 1, 2012. Golden alga mortality events also reoccurred in 2003, 2007, and 2010.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Catfish, Striped and White Bass, and Largemouth Bass all provide good fishable populations and should be promoted to increase angler effort. Annual stockings of Striped Bass will continue to be requested, though the rates will change depending on survey results. Florida Largemouth Bass fingerlings were stocked from 2011-2014.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program