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Richland Chambers Reservoir - 2010 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 35-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 2010 and 2011 using electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting. A structural habitat and an aquatic vegetation survey were conducted in August 2010. Anglers were surveyed from June 2010 through May 2011 with a creel survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

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 high annual water level fluctuation. Anglers expended approximately 87,679 hours of fishing effort and spent an estimated $1,021,728 during the June 2010 through May 2011 creel survey.

Management History

Important sportfish include palmetto and white bass, largemouth bass, blue and channel catfishes, and white and black crappie. Supplemental stocking of Florida largemouth bass was conducted in 2010 and 2011. Requests for stocking of palmetto bass have been submitted annually and in most years stockings were accomplished. Supplemental gill netting and trap netting were conducted in 2008 and 2009, respectively, in order to monitor the popular temperate bass, catfish, and crappie fish populations. A creel survey was conducted in 2010 and 2011.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program