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White River Reservoir - 2010 Survey Report

Prepared by John Clayton and Charles Munger
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in White River Reservoir were surveyed with electrofishing and trap nets in 2010 and gill nets in 2011. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings. Historical data are presented for comparison.

Reservoir Description

At conservation pool (2,372.2 feet MSL), White River Reservoir is a 2,020-acre impoundment constructed in 1963 on the White River, a tributary of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River. The reservoir is located in Crosby County approximately 55 miles east of Lubbock, Texas. Since mid-1999 White River Reservoir has experienced a steady decline in lake levels. A record low was set in September 2008 when the lake reached an elevation of 2,340.7 feet MSL and a surface area of 401 acres. Two substantial rain events have occurred in the watershed since 2008 which resulted in an increase in surface area to 930 acres.

During sampling, the reservoir maintained an elevation near 2,356 feet MSL. White River Reservoir is owned and operated by the White River Municipal Water District as a municipal water supply and for recreational purposes. The reservoir has three boat ramps, and at current lake levels all three ramps are usable. During extremely low water levels there is a temporary launch site in place. There are no facilities for physically challenged anglers.

Management History

Sport fish in the reservoir included walleye, white bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. Past surveys have shown that white crappie were overabundant in the reservoir and exhibited poor growth. Walleye stockings have been utilized in part to mitigate overabundance of crappie. Florida largemouth bass were stocked in 1982, 2000, 2003, and 2009 in order to maintain a trophy largemouth bass fishery.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program