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Lake Waxahachie - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr., Ph.D. and Patrick A. Beck
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish communities in Lake Waxahachie were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2006 using gill nets. 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 553 acre reservoir on Prong Creek (a tributary of the Trinity River), Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited. There are no handicap-specific facilities. The reservoir is mesotrophic (TSI Chl a = 43.39) (TCEQ 2002) and contains a diversity of littoral habitat types. Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), which was becoming a significant problem in the area around the city water intake structure and swimming beach in the 1998 survey, was rare in 2001 and 2005. However, native submersed species form a beneficial fringe around much of the reservoir. Water levels below conservation pool from 1999 through late 2003 may have limited year-class strength of several species.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), white bass (Morone chrysops), largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), and crappie (Pomoxis sp.). The management plan from the 2001 survey report included: continued monitoring of the largemouth bass population in 2005; coordinaton with TPWD law enforcement to promote angler information and education regarding the slot-limit and encourage additional harvest of sub slot-size fish; stocking of Florida strain largemouth bass (M. s. floridanus) at 100/acre in 2003 and 2004; providing angler information on size limits; and stocking blue catfish fingerlings at 100/acre in 2003 and 2004.

Largemouth bass were managed under a 14-18 inch slot-length limit from 1991-2002 and reverted to the Statewide limit in Sept 2003. Continued monitoring of largemouth bass size distribution and population genetics was conducted as recommended in fall 2005. Promotion of angler harvest of sub slot-sized largemouth bass was discontinued following regulation change. Stocking of Florida strain largemouth bass was not conducted due to changes in stocking philosophy following regulation change. Blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) were stocked in 2003 and 2005.

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-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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