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Wright Patman Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Margaret H. Stadig
Inland Fisheries Division
Marshall District, 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 Lake Wright Patman were surveyed in 2020 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2021 using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2020-2021 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 Catfish, 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 concerns at this time. The last time any of these plant species were observed was 2017 when a trace amount of hydrilla was found.

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