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Purtis Creek State Park Lake - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob D. Norman and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
Tyler South District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 32-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 2016 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2017 using hoop netting and electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed from December 2014 through May 2015 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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 Eustice, Texas. The impoundment was constructed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1985 for recreation and flood control purposes. Boat and bank access are both good and the park maintains two handicap-accessible fishing piers. Habitat features consist of standing timber, rocks, native submersed and emergent aquatic plants, and hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2013 survey report included conducting a creel survey, monitor the Largemouth Bass population and the effects of its catch-and-release regulation, stock Channel Catfish when surplus adults are available, and monitor the littoral habitat annually. Efforts have been made to establish desirable native species of aquatic vegetation in the reservoir with a series of plantings within exclosure cages.

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