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Braunig Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

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Prepared by Randy Myers and John Dennis
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-D, San Antonio, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Victor Braunig Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and in 2006 using gill nets. Creel sampling was used to survey anglers from December 2004 to November 2005. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Victor Braunig Reservoir is a 1,298-acre power plant cooling impoundment located on the southeast side of San Antonio, Texas. Water level is maintained at or near conservation pool by pumping from the San Antonio River. Habitat features consisted of bulrush, cattails, rip rap, southern naiad, and sago pondweed.

Management History

Important sport fishes include red drum, palmetto bass, catfishes, and largemouth bass. Fingerling stockings have been conducted in most years since the mid-1970s to support the palmetto bass and red drum fisheries. Angler harvest of palmetto bass, red drum, and catfish has been managed under the statewide length and daily bag limits. Largemouth bass have been intensively managed since the reservoir opened through stocking and special harvest regulations. Florida largemouth bass (FLMB) were first stocked in 1976 with the last fingerling stocking occurring in 1987. Largemouth bass harvest regulations were changed from the statewide 10-inch minimum length limit (MLL), 10 fish daily bag limit (DBL) to a 21-inch MLL, 2-fish DBL in 1985. The harvest regulations were again changed in 1993 to an 18-inch MLL, 5-fish DBL. In 2004 and 2005, City Public Service Energy (CPS, the controlling authority) purchased and stocked sub-adult northern largemouth bass. White crappie have not been collected from the reservoir since 1988 when previously stocked hybrid crappie were collected in cove-rotenone sampling.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue to stock red drum and palmetto bass annually. Support stocking of sub-adult northern largemouth bass by CPS in an effort to improve the largemouth bass fishery and evaluate stocking success.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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