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Wright Patman Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Joseph D. Lechelt
Inland Fisheries Division
Marshall District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 35-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Wright Patman were surveyed in 2016 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2017 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2016 through May 2017 with a creel survey. Vegetation surveys were conducted in 2013-2016 and an angler access survey was conducted in 2017. Historical data are presented with the 2016-2017 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 Wright Patman is a 20,143-acre impoundment located on the Sulphur River. The reservoir is located in Bowie and Cass Counties approximately 10 miles southwest of Texarkana.

Management History

Important sport fish include Blue and Channel Catfishes, Largemouth Bass, and Crappie. All sport fish at Lake Wright Patman have historically been managed with statewide harvest regulations. Florida Largemouth Bass have been stocked in this reservoir to improve the quality of the Largemouth Bass fishery. Hydrilla, water hyacinth, and giant salvinia were discovered in the reservoir in 2000, 2005, and 2012 respectively. Giant salvinia was eradicated, and water hyacinth and hydrilla do not pose any management concern at this time.

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-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program