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Ray Hubbard Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Thomas Hungerford and Raphael Brock
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 36-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Ray Hubbard Reservoir was surveyed in 2004 using electrofishing and trap nets, and in 2003 and 2005 using gill nets. An annual creel survey was conducted from June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Ray Hubbard Reservoir is a 22,745-acre impoundment constructed on the East Fork of the Trinity River by the City of Dallas in 1968 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes, and recreation. Ray Hubbard Reservoir is located one-mile east of Rockwall and lies within Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Kaufman counties. The reservoir is surrounded by urban development and is part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The reservoir has a 1,074 square-mile watershed that lies in the Blackland Prairies vegetation area and is primarily used for agricultural and residential development. The reservoir is 13 miles long and 3 miles wide (widest point). It contains 490,000 acre feet of water at conservation elevation (435.5 ft-msl), and has a maximum depth of 40 feet. Angler and boat access is adequate. At the time of sampling the fishery habitat was primarily dead trees, emergent vegetation, and eroded banks. Hydrilla once covering 199 acres in 2000 has decreased significantly. A creel survey was conducted on Ray Hubbard Reservoir from June 1, 2004 to May 31, 2005.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, existing regulations should be maintained on Ray Hubbard Reservoir. The stocking of palmetto bass should be continued as long as forage species are adequate. The palmetto bass and catfish fishery will be monitored by gillnetting on a bi-annual basis with the next sample collected in 2007. Ray Hubbard Reservoir has a tremendous blue catfish population which needs to be better publicized to increase angler utilization. Because of the low catch rate of largemouth bass and the past history of the reservoir producing trophy largemouth bass, electrofishing will be conducted annually. Florida largemouth bass will also be requested for stocking based on past trophy production.

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