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Wichita Reservoir - 2008 Survey Report

Prepared by Mark Howell and Robert Mauk
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-E, Wichita Falls, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 30-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Wichita Reservoir were surveyed in 2008 using dual-cod trap nets and electrofisher and in 2009 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a reservoir management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Wichita Reservoir is a 1,224-acre municipal reservoir owned and operated by the City of Wichita Falls for flood control and recreation. The dam and most of the reservoir is in Wichita County and the southern portion is in Archer County. The reservoir was built in 1901, impounding Holliday Creek, a tributary to the Wichita River. Mean depth is 4.5 feet and maximum depth is 9.5 feet. Angler and boat access is adequate when reservoir elevation is within 1 foot of conservation pool. Habitat includes large stands of native emergent vegetation. In March of 2004 a toxic golden alga event killed approximately 7,700 fish of which 93% were non-game fish. In March of 2007 another event occurred with an estimated 15,000 fish dying, almost all were non-game species. In February of 2009 a golden alga event killed an estimated 201,000 fish, severely impacting certain species populations.

Management History

Historically important sport fish include channel catfish, white and palmetto bass, and white crappie. The 2005 management plan recommended continuing habitat improvement projects including maintaining existing cypress trees, introduction of water willow Dianthera americana, and placement of brush piles near the dam which were all completed. Palmetto bass fingerlings were stocked every year at the rate of 15 fingerlings per acre. Northern largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked at 50 per acre in 2005 and 2006.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Conduct additional monitoring using dual-cod trap (2009), gill nets and spring electrofishing (2010). Stock threadfin shad and bluegill to build the prey base during 2009, along with fingerling largemouth bass.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program