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Lake Tawakoni - 2018 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob Norman and Evan Cartabiano
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler North District

This is the authors' summary from a 37-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Tawakoni were surveyed in 2017 and 2019 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2017 through May 2018 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2017-2019 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 Tawakoni is a 37,325-acre reservoir located in Van Zandt, Rains, and Hunt Counties, Texas, on the South Fork and Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River and Caddo Creek. The reservoir was constructed by the Sabine River Authority to provide water for municipal and industrial uses and for recreational purposes.

Management History

Important sport fishes in Lake Tawakoni include Striped Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass (Palmetto Bass and Sunshine Bass), White Bass, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, White Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. Annual requests are submitted to stock Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass to maintain these fisheries. The Blue and Channel Catfish regulation was changed from the statewide regulation to a 25 fish bag with no minimum length limit, with no more than 7 over 20 inches, and no more than 2 of those over 30 inches to enhance trophy Blue Catfish potential.

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-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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