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Sheldon Reservoir - 2019 Survey Report

Prepared by Alice Best and Niki Ragan
Inland Fisheries Division – College Station-Houston District

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Sheldon Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using electrofishing. Historical data are presented with the 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

Sheldon Reservoir is a 1,229-acre reservoir in Sheldon Lake State Park on Culpepper Bayou in Harris County, Texas. The reservoir has a drainage area of 4 square miles and a shoreline length of 13.1 miles. The reservoir has a mean depth of 3 feet and a maximum depth of 20 feet. Sheldon Reservoir is a highly productive wetland ecosystem that hosts a diverse community of fish and wildlife species that attract anglers, boaters, and wildlife viewers from across the state.  

Management History

Sheldon Reservoir is a highly productive, shallow reservoir. Cypress trees and diverse wildlife make it a popular place for kayaking, birding, and fishing in a coastal wetland environment. It offers unusual fisheries – such as Bowfin and the occasional Grass Pickerel – and traditional fisheries for Largemouth Bass and panfish. However, excess vegetation has regularly caused access issues and much of the management history of Sheldon Reservoir focuses on reducing exotic vegetation and maintaining a balanced ecosystem that is accessible to visitors. The reservoir lies within Sheldon Lake State Park and many management decisions and actions are a cooperative effort with state park staff. 

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The primary challenge at Sheldon Reservoir is aquatic vegetation management. Aquatic nuisance species surveys will be conducted annually, and efforts to inform the public about the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species and preventive measures will continue. Electrofishing and angler access surveys will be conducted every four years. The bowfin fishery will be advertised to anglers searching for bowfin fishing opportunities.

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