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Richland Chambers Reservoir - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 38-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Richland-Chambers Reservoir were surveyed in 2018 using electrofishing, and in 2019 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2018 through May 2019 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2018-2019 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. There are no handicap-specific facilities, but most are accessible. Aquatic vegetation was locally abundant in the lower reservoir, but scarce elsewhere

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass and Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, Blue Catfish and Channel Catfish, and White Crappie and Black Crappie. Supplemental stocking of Largemouth Bass (genetics unknown) was conducted in 2013 and 2016. Requests for stocking of Palmetto Bass have been submitted annually and, in most years, stockings were conducted. An experimental 30- to 45-inch slot-size limit for Blue Catfish was established in 2009.

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