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Purtis Creek State Park Lake - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Daniel L. Bennett and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Purtis Creek State Park Lake fish community was surveyed from September 2008 through May 2009 using electrofisher, gill nets, and trap nets. An experimental trap net survey using lighted/non-lighted trap nets was conducted in November 2008, and results from standard, non-lighted nets are included in this report. A vegetation survey was conducted in September 2008. This report summarizes results of these surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Purtis Creek State Park Lake is a 349-acre reservoir on Purtis Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River. The impoundment was constructed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1985 for recreation and soil conservation purposes. Boat and bank access are both good and the park maintains two handicap-accessible fishing piers.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, channel and blue catfish, and white crappie. Hydrilla surveys have been conducted annually, and treatments with herbicide and triploid grass carp have been conducted in accordance with an
integrated pest management plan. Electrofishing has been conducted in the fall and spring each year to monitor the largemouth bass population managed by a catch-and-release harvest regulation. Prior to September 1, 2008, anglers were allowed to retain one fish greater than 21 inches to be weighed at a lake-side weigh station and immediately released or donated to the TPWD ShareLunker program. This regulation was modified in 2008 so that only fish 24 inches and longer can be donated or released. Genetic analysis of Florida largemouth bass alleles was previously assessed in 2002 and has remained stable. The lake was included in the Operation World Record (OWR) program in 2005. Two stockings of OWR fish were conducted in 2006 and 2008.

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-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program