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Possum Kingdom Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 28-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 2018 using electrofishing and with gill netting in 2019. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2019 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 2 feet of conservation pool (1,000 ft. above mean sea level) during the survey year. Due to prolonged drought, the reservoir water level had decreased to 15 feet below conservation pool. However, in May 2015 substantial rainfall filled Possum Kingdom to near capacity.

Management History

Important sport fish populations include catfish spp., White Bass, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and crappie spp. 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. The Largemouth Bass length limit returned to the statewide 14-inch minimum on September 1, 2018. Major golden alga mortality events have occurred in 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2010.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program