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Lake Somerville - 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 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Lake Somerville 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 Somerville is an 11,460-acre flood control reservoir constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Yegua Creek in Burleson 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, a shoreline length of 104 miles, and a shoreline development ratio of 5.7. The reservoir has a mean depth of 11 feet and a maximum depth of 38 feet. Average rainfall in the watershed is 39 inches per year. The reservoir lies within the Post Oak Savannah Land Resource Area with soils consisting of Falba-Burlewash, Kaufman-Gowen, and Tabor-Axtell associations. Land uses around the reservoir are primarily agricultural and recreational.

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-30-R-30 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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