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Lake Sheldon - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Jeff Henson and Mark Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Bryan, Texas

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

Lake Sheldon was surveyed during the period June 2004 to May 2005 using electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, a littoral zone habitat survey, an aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access and facilities survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Sheldon is a 1,200 acre reservoir on Culpepper Bayou in Harris County, Texas, lying within the Sheldon Wildlife Management Area. The lake has a drainage area of 4.0 square miles, a shoreline length of 13.1 miles, and a shoreline development ratio of 2.7. The reservoir has a mean depth of 3 feet and a maximum depth of 20 feet. Rainfall in the watershed averages 42.6 inches per year. Lake Sheldon lies within the Gulf Coast Plains Land Resource Area with Lake Charles/Benard Association (clay) soil types. Land uses around Lake Sheldon are primarily agricultural and recreational.

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Management Strategies

Lake Sheldon is a very important asset to Texas Parks and Wildlife and to the people of Houston. To make the most of this resource the Inland Fisheries Division is working closely with State Parks and Infrastructure Divisions to improve the reservoir in conjunction with the development of the Lake Sheldon Education Center. Priority projects are underway to improve access to Lake Sheldon by control of over-abundant vegetation, construction of a new boat ramp, and dredging of boat lanes in shallow areas. Fish stockings are also conducted to enhance largemouth bass and channel catfish angling opportunities. As these efforts continue, angling opportunities at Lake Sheldon will be published through various media outlets, lakeside signs, and brochures.

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