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Lake Somerville - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared byAlice Best and Niki Ragan-Harbison
Inland Fisheries Division
College Station/Houston District, Snook, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 44-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Somerville were surveyed in 2019 and 2021 using gill netting and in 2020 using electrofishing. Anglers were surveyed from June 2020 through May 2021 with a roving creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2021 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

Lake Somerville is a 11,456-acre flood-control reservoir constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Yegua Creek in Burleson, Lee, and Washington Counties, Texas. Principle tributaries are Middle Yegua, West Yegua, and Nails Creeks. Lake Somerville has a drainage area of approximately 1,006 square miles.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, White Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and Black Crappie. Recent stockings include Florida Largemouth Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. Hydrilla was observed in small quantities in 2020 but did not negatively impact recreational access. Water hyacinth was introduced into the lake and eradicated with herbicide applications in 2008; none was observed in 2020.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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