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Lake Waxahachie - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob D. Norman and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Waxahachie were surveyed in 2013 using electrofishing and trap netting, and in 2014 using gill netting. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted in July 2013. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 data for comparison. This report summarizes these survey results and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Waxahachie is a 656-acre reservoir on Prong Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Persistent low water levels frequently limit boat access to one of three public ramps; bank angler access is also limited. There are no handicap-specific facilities. Prolonged periods of low water levels and the subsequent lack of available habitat have resulted in limited year-class strength of several species.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie and Black Crappie. Blue Catfish were stocked in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and have been closely monitored during gill netting in 2009 and 2013. Fluctuating water levels have kept the spread of hydrilla to a minimum; however vegetation surveys were conducted to monitor abundance of hydrilla and native aquatic species.

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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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