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Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by John Tibbs and Michael S. Baird
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-B, Waco, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 35-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir was surveyed in the fall of 2005 using a boat electrofisher, winter of 2005 with trap nets, and spring of 2006 with gill nets. This report summarizes survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir is a 6,430-acre reservoir located in Bell County, Texas. The impoundment was created in 1968 and is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, water supply, and recreation. Water levels fluctuate about 5 feet annually, however retention time varies greatly (long-term average = 500 days). Fish habitat at the time of sampling consisted mainly of aquatic vegetation (i.e., hydrilla), rocky shorelines and dead trees and stumps.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass and, to some extent, smallmouth bass. The management plan from the 2002 survey report included annual evaluation of hydrilla coverage in the reservoir. All species are being managed under statewide regulations. Florida largemouth bass were stocked for the first time in 1993 and again in 1994. Smallmouth bass were introduced in 1974 and stocked through 1977. The program was revitalized in 1992 and smallmouth were stocked through 2000. Loss of hatchery broodfish to golden alga curtailed subsequent stocking, although efforts are underway to return to full production and annual stocking requests have been maintained.

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-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program