Clyde Reservoir - 2012 Survey Report
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Prepared by Charles Munger and Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas
This is the authors' summary from a 10-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.
Fish populations in Clyde Reservoir were not surveyed in 2012 and 2013 due to low water caused by drought conditions. This report presents data on conditions observed during the survey period and contains a management plan for the reservoir.
Clyde reservoir is a 374-acre impoundment of Pecan Bayou created in 1970. It is located 15 miles southeast of Abilene and is controlled by the City of Clyde. Primary water uses are municipal water supply and recreation. Shoreline habitat in consisted of dead brush, black willow, button brush, and salt cedar in 2008. Severe drought conditions from 1998-2004 reduced the water level in the reservoir, but the reservoir filled to within four feet of conservation pool in late 2004 and remained stable through 2007. Water level has dropped steadily since 2007 and by early 2013 the water level was estimated at 20 feet below conservation pool with the deepest water estimated at 11 ft. Boat access consists of two public-use ramps, and bank fishing is available in several areas. At the current water level there is no boat access.
Clyde Reservoir has been a quality Largemouth Bass fishery in past years. The current lake record is 14.8 pounds and was caught 2001. Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 2004 and 2005 to help re-establish Clyde Reservoir as a quality Largemouth Bass fishery following severe drought conditions. Channel Catfish were stocked in 2004 to supplement the existing population and replace fish lost during the extended low water period.
No fish communities were surveyed due to extreme drought conditions and low water levels.
Standard sampling will be conducted in 2016-2017. Additional surveys may be conducted before 2016 if water levels increase enough to allow boat access.
Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program