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Lake Welsh - 2007 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael W. Brice and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Welsh were surveyed in 2007 using electrofishing and in 2008 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from December 2007 to February 2008 with an access creel. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Welsh is a 1,333-acre cooling reservoir for lignite-fueled power generation located on Swaunano Creek in the Big Cypress River Basin. The reservoir is located in Titus County. Habitat features consist of standing timber, rocky shoreline, riprap, and native aquatic plants.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass and channel catfish. Largemouth bass have been managed under an 18-inch minimum length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit since September 1994. All other sport fishes in Lake Welsh have been managed with statewide regulations. Florida largemouth bass stockings in 1975 and 1976 were successful in establishing the Florida largemouth bass genetics in the population. Coontail was the most common aquatic plant in the lake although coverage was only about 10 acres. In 2006, fish attractors (approximately 300 recycled Christmas trees) were anchored at 4 locations in the reservoir.

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-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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