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Lake Athens - 2009 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 21-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Lake Athens fish community was surveyed from June 2009 through May 2010 using electrofishing and gill netting. A vegetation survey was conducted in July 2009. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Athens is a 1,799-acre reservoir on Flat Creek, a tributary of the Neches River, Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is adequate, but public bank angling access is limited to the marina area, and parking at bridge crossings is limited. There are no handicap-specific facilities but the convenience pier at the marina allows limited wheelchair use. The reservoir contains a diverse aquatic plant community.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, white bass, channel catfish, and black crappie. The length limit for largemouth bass was changed in 1996 from the statewide 14-inch minimum length to a 14- to 21-inch slot-length limit. Monitoring of the largemouth bass growth rate has continued. Boat access and angling access are available and improvements have been recommended, but not implemented. Invasive aquatic plant species, hydrilla, water hyacinth, and alligatorweed are present in the system and are under management by the controlling authority.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Largemouth bass are of high importance in this system, therefore, additional monitoring of their growth rates and size distribution will be conducted in fall of 2011. The sampling will also provide fish for microsatellite DNA analysis. Channel catfish recruitment and population structure will continue to be monitored in 2014.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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