Baylor Creek Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report
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Prepared by Charles Munger and John Clayton
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas
This is the authors' summary from a 9-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.
Fish populations in Baylor Creek Reservoir were not surveyed in 2011 and 2012 due to extreme drought conditions. This report summarizes the history of the reservoir and contains a management plan.
Baylor Creek Reservoir is a 600-acre impoundment constructed in 1950 on Baylor Creek, a tributary of the Red River, located 9 miles west of Childress, Texas. There are no official water level records. Water level in the reservoir has declined since 2000 due to drought conditions and the reservoir was inaccessible in 2008-2011. Habitat features consisted primarily of silt shoreline. The reservoir has been severely impacted by golden alga (Prymnesium parvum) blooms and related fish kills annually since 2003.
Important sport fish have included largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. The sport fish populations have only been managed with statewide harvest regulations, but the reservoir had previously been known as a trophy largemouth bass fishery prior to 2003. Crappie and catfish were popular secondary species.
No fisheries surveys were conducted in 2011-2012.
Reduce sampling to the minimum level required until water levels and chlorides return to levels that allow sampling access and P. parvum blooms abate.
Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program