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Sam Rayburn Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Todd Driscoll
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-D, Jasper, 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.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir was surveyed in 2004-2005 with electrofishing, gill nets, a creel survey, and an aquatic vegetation survey. This report summarizes the results of these surveys and comparisons are made to historical data (1986-2004). Based on this information, a management plan was developed for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located on the Angelina River in the Neches River basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) constructed this reservoir for flood control, generation of hydroelectric power, and for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses. At conservation pool, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is 111,422 surface acres, has a shoreline length of 750 miles, and a mean depth of 20 feet. Water level fluctuations average 8 feet annually. Angler and boat access is excellent with 24 boat ramps present. Handicap-accessible facilities are limited to parking spaces at access points. Habitat in the lake consists of aquatic vegetation (primarily American lotus and hydrilla), standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation. Most of the land around the reservoir is used for timber production and agriculture.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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