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Lake Waxahachie - 2017 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob D. Norman and Richard Ott
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

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 Lake Waxahachie were surveyed in 2016 using low-frequency electrofishing, in 2017 using electrofishing, hoop netting and trap netting, and in 2018 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2018 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 Waxahachie is a 656 acre impoundment located on Prong Creek in the Trinity River Basin approximately 4 miles south of Waxahachie, Texas. Water level has fluctuated up to 6 feet below spillway elevation since 2008. Lake Waxahachie has high productivity. Habitat features consisted of standing timber, rocks, boat docks and native emergent and floating aquatic plants.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass, Largemouth Bass, White and Black Crappie, and catfish. Blue Catfish were stocked in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The management plan from the 2014 survey report primarily focused on monitoring the sport and prey-fish populations through a combination of low-frequency electrofishing in 2016, trap netting, hoop netting and electrofishing in 2017 and gill netting in 2018.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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