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Lake Raven - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by Alice Best and Niki Ragan-Harbison
Inland Fisheries Division
College Station/Houston District, Snook, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 40-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Raven were surveyed in 2018 and 2020 using electrofishing and in 2020 and 2021 using tandem hoop netting. Anglers were surveyed from March through May in both 2018 and 2021 with a roving creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2021 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

Lake Raven is a 203-acre reservoir located in Huntsville State Park. The reservoir was repaired and re-impounded in 1956 by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for recreational use.

Management History

Lake Raven has a history of producing trophy Largemouth Bass. The population was managed with a catch-and-release regulation from September 1996 until September 2018 when the regulation changed to a 16-inch maximum with a 5 fish bag limit. The regulation allows the angler to retain Largemouth Bass measuring > 24 inches for weighing in the Huntsville State Park and subsequent release or, if weighing 13 pounds or more, donation into the Toyota ShareLunker Program. Lake Raven was included in Operation World Record (OWR) from 2006-2016, a research project designed to compare growth of selectively bred ShareLunker Largemouth Bass fingerlings to resident bass fingerlings and received preferential stocking under the program for several years.

Alligator weed, hydrilla, giant salvinia, and water hyacinth have all impeded access and degraded habitat to varying degrees at different times and have been managed with an integrated pest management plan including use of herbicides, biological control (Grass Carp, hydrilla flies, and alligator weed flea beetles), and manual removal.

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

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