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Davy Crockett Reservoir - 2009 Survey Report

Prepared by John H. Moczygemba and Bruce Hysmith
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Davy Crockett Reservoir were surveyed in 2009 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2010 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2009. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Davy Crockett Reservoir is a 355-acre impoundment located on Dixon and Sandy Creeks approximately 14 miles northeast of Bonham. Water level has remained within 3 feet of the spillway since 2005. Davy Crockett Reservoir has high biological productivity. Habitat features consisted of open water, natural shoreline, and native aquatic vegetation (floating-leaved, emergent, submersed; greater than 45% coverage).

Management History

Important sport fish included channel catfish, largemouth bass, and crappies. The management plan from the 2005 survey report included a recommendation to stock advanced sized channel catfish to supplement low recruitment to legal size. Advanced channel catfish were stocked in 2006 and 2008. The plan also included the introduction of threadfin shad to diversify the forage base. They were stocked successfully in 2008 and 2009. Electrofishing sampling indicated their establishment in the forage base. Habitat surveys have revealed an increase in emerged and submerged vegetation in this reservoir.

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-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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