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Lake Fairfield - 2008 Survey Report

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

The Lake Fairfield fish community was surveyed from June 2008 through March 2009 using electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting. A vegetation survey was conducted in September 2008. An access creel survey, conducted from September 2008 through February 2009, collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of these surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Fairfield is a 2,034-acre reservoir on Big Brown Creek, Texas, a tributary of the Trinity River, providing cooling water for two 575-megawatt lignite-fired electric generation units. Bank access is adequate and two boat ramps are present, although boat access is limited during low water levels. Giant cane and cattails form a fringe in the littoral zone, around most of the lake. American lotus was present in shallow water (<4 feet deep) in the backs of the coves. Hydrilla was less abundant than in previous years.

Management History

Important sport fish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and red drum. Additional largemouth bass and catfish sampling were conducted every two years. Red drum stockings were conducted annually to support this popular fishery. Access creel surveys were conducted during fall and winter quarters, from September 2008 through February 2009. Fish kills periodically occur in late summer and fall due to low dissolved oxygen levels observed in isolated areas in the reservoir. Three fish kills occurred in 2008, and the number and value of fish were estimated for two of those events. The estimated number of fish killed in the two fish kills was 121,570 fish, with an estimated value of $1,179,878.49 (Appendix B).

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-34 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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