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Lake Somerville - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Niki Ragan and Mark Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
College Station/Houston District, Snook, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 42-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Somerville were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and in 2017 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from March 2014 through February 2015 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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 an 11,456-acre flood-control reservoir constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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 and a shoreline length of 104 miles.

Management History

Important sport fishes include White Bass, Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Blue Catfish. Annual stockings of Palmetto Bass were conducted until 2015 when Lake Somerville was removed from the Palmetto Bass stocking program. Due to the receipt of 85 emails, 11 phone calls, and one hand written letter from concerned Hybrid Striped Bass anglers in July and August of 2016, Somerville was stocked with Palmetto Bass and Sunshine Bass in 2017. Hydrilla and water hyacinth have been introduced and treated in the lake.

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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