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Ray Roberts Reservoir - 2007 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce T. Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 37-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Ray Roberts Reservoir were surveyed in 2007 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2008 using gill nets. Habitat was last surveyed in 2003. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Ray Roberts Reservoir is a 25,600-acre impoundment on the Elm Fork Trinity River north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Denton, Grayson, and Cooke Counties. Water level was below conservation elevation (632.5 feet-mean sea level) from May 2005 to May 2007. Ray Roberts Reservoir has moderate productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of flooded dead timber, rocky shoreline, dead trees and stumps, native submergent vegetation, and riprap along the dam and railroad bridges.

Management History

Important sport fish included blue and channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass and white crappie. The management plan from 2003 included supplemental electrofishing, a 36-day creel survey/attitude and opinion survey, angler non-compliance verification, water quality history review, and web page update. Adult threadfin shad were stocked in 1985. Channel catfish were stocked in 1986. Florida largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2000, and 2001. In 1987, 78 adult Florida largemouth bass were stocked. In 1987 coppernose bluegill fingerlings were stocked. Statewide fish harvest regulations apply to all sport fishes in Ray Roberts Reservoir with the exception of largemouth bass. For largemouth bass, length limit is a 14- to 24-inch slot. Largemouth bass 14 inches and less or 24 inches or greater in length may be retained. Only one largemouth bass 24 inches or greater may be retained each day.

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-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program