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Waco Reservoir - 2007 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 41-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Waco Reservoir were surveyed in 2007 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2008 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from June 2007 to May 2008 with a creel. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Waco Reservoir is an 8,465-acre impoundment supplied by the North, Middle, and South Bosque Rivers within the Brazos River Basin, McLennan County. Water levels decreased steadily from 2005 through 2006, then peaked 25 feet above conservation pool in the first half of 2007. Shoreline fish habitat was dominated by standing timber, rocky shoreline, inundated stumps, and riprap. Bank and boat access (10 ramps) on the reservoir is good, but there are currently no handicap-specific facilities available.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, white bass, white crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2004 survey report included an evaluation of pre and post pool rise fishery and economic creel data, and plans to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on constructing a fishing pier for handicap and bank anglers.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue managing Waco Reservoir with statewide regulations. Conduct general monitoring with electrofisher and trap nets in 2011 and gill nets in 2012. Also, perform a new littoral habitat survey prior to the 2012 report.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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