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Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and in 2017 using gill nets. 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

Tradinghouse Creek is a 2,012-acre reservoir located 15 miles east of Waco in McLennan County, Texas. The reservoir was constructed in 1968 by Texas Utilities Generating Company (Luminant) to serve as a cooling-reservoir for electrical power Generation; however, the power plant is no longer in use. Bank and boat access are good, yet handicap facilities are absent. Habitat features consisted mainly of natural shoreline and emergent aquatic vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Bass and crappies. During 2009 and 2010 we confirmed the complete loss of the Red Drum fishery, caused by the dismantling of the power plant and loss of artificially warm winter water temperatures. Red Drum stockings were then discontinued and Red Drum regulations were removed. The management plan from the 2012 survey report included annual monitoring of hydrilla and giant reed. Both were monitored through 2014, yet never required control efforts. Since 2013, management efforts have focused on posting appropriate invasive species signage at access points to try and prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the reservoir, and supporting the statewide PR campaign “Clean, Drain, and Dry.” Approximately 20 bamboo crappie condos were placed into the reservoir to complete a habitat improvement project during 2015. Recent management efforts include full aquatic vegetation and boater access surveys conducted during summer 2016.

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