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Purtis Creek State Park Lake - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by David R. Smith, Quintin Dean, and Jake Norman
Inland Fisheries Division
Tyler South District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Purtis Creek State Park Lake were surveyed in 2018 using electrofishing and in 2020 using hoop netting, trap netting, and electrofishing. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. Historical data are presented with the 2018–2020 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

Purtis Creek State Park Lake is a 349-acre impoundment located on Purtis Creek in the Trinity River Basin approximately 4 miles north of Eustace, Texas. The impoundment was constructed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in 1985 for recreation. Boat and bank access are both good and the park maintains two handicap-accessible fishing piers. Habitat features consist of standing timber, rocks, and native submersed and emergent aquatic plants.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and Channel Catfish. Recent management activities included changing the catch-and-release regulation for Largemouth Bass to a 16-inch maximum length limit with exemptions for ShareLunker Program entry, stocking Channel Catfish when fingerlings are available, monitoring the littoral habitat biennially, and improving bank angler successes around the two fishing piers. Efforts were also made to establish desirable native species of aquatic vegetation.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program