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Richland Chambers Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Patrick A. Beck and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Richland Chambers fish community was surveyed from June 2006-May 2007 using electrofishing, gill nets, and trap nets. A vegetation survey was conducted in September 2006. An access creel survey, conducted from June 2006-November 2006 and March 2007–May2007, collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Richland Chambers Reservoir is a 41,356-acre reservoir on the Richland and Chambers Creek tributaries of the Trinity River. Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited. Boats can be launched from 10 boat ramps surrounding the lake, of which 6 are designated as public access. There are no handicap-specific facilities, but most are accessible. Aquatic vegetation was scarce due to drought. Anglers expended approximately 97,870 hours of fishing effort and spent an estimated $1,213,312 during the summer, fall, and spring creel surveys.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, white bass, palmetto bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, white crappie and black crappie. Supplemental largemouth bass sampling was conducted in 2004 and stockings were conducted in 2006. Supplemental gill net sampling for temperate basses and catfishes was conducted in 2005. An additional access creel survey was conducted in 2004-2005.

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-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program