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Richland Chambers Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Jake D. Norman
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 2014 using electrofishing, trap netting, in 2015 using gill netting. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted in August 2014. Anglers were surveyed from June through November 2014 and March through May 2015 with a creel survey. 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 9 boat ramps surrounding the lake, of which 5 are available without a fee. There are no handicap-specific facilities, but most are accessible. Aquatic vegetation was scarce due to high annual water level fluctuation. Anglers expended approximately 77,000 hours of fishing effort and spent an estimated $754,647 during the June 2014 through May 2015 creel survey.

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. Requests for stocking of Palmetto Bass have been submitted annually and in most years stockings were accomplished. Supplemental gill netting was conducted in 2013 to monitor the popular temperate bass, and catfish, fisheries. An experimental 30-45 inch slot-size limit for Blue Catfish was established in 2010. A creel survey was conducted in 2014 and 2015.

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