Richland Chambers Reservoir 2022 Survey Report

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Richland Chambers Reservoir - 2022 Survey Report

Prepared by David R. Smith and Jake Norman
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 39-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Richland-Chambers Reservoir were surveyed from 2021–2023 using electrofishing in 2022, gill netting in 2021 and 2023, and a three-quarter creel survey (June 1–August 31, 2022, September 1–November 30 2022, March 1–May 31 2023) from June 2022 to May 2023. Historical data are presented with the 2021–2023 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

Richland-Chambers Reservoir is a 41,356-acre reservoir (at full pool) on the Richland and Chambers Creek tributaries of the Trinity River. Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited. At full pool, boats can be launched from nine boat ramps surrounding the lake, of which five are available without a fee. Aquatic vegetation has been historically limited in the waterbody.

Management History

Important sport fish include temperate basses (White Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass), Largemouth Bass, catfish (Blue and Channel Catfish), and crappie (White and Black Crappie). Requests for stocking of Hybrid Striped Bass have been submitted annually.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program