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Lake Bellwood - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Patrick A. Beck
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Bellwood were surveyed in 2006 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2007 using gill nets. Habitat was assessed in 2007. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Bellwood is a 160-acre reservoir on Indian Creek (a tributary of the Neches River), Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. The reservoir is owned and controlled by Tyler Water Utilities (TWU). Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited. There are no handicap-specific facilities. The north and west shorelines are dominated by giant cutgrass.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, largemouth bass, and crappie. The minimum-length of largemouth bass was increased from 14 to 18 inches in 1994. Advanced-size channel catfish fingerlings have been stocked as available since 1994. Hydrilla was controlled by herbicide in 1998-2000. Hydrilla has not been problematic since that time. Several native submersed aquatic plant species were introduced from 1999-2002 and continue to be monitored. Giant cutgrass has been removed along part of the south shoreline as part of a private recreational development.

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-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program