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Graham Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Spencer Dumont and Mukhtar Farooqi
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, 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 Graham Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2006 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Graham Reservoir is a 2,396-acre impoundment located on Salt Creek in the Brazos River Basin approximately two miles northwest of Graham. Water level was at or near full pool since mid October 2005. From 2002-2004, the reservoir had low and dropping water levels. Graham Reservoir had moderate to high productivity. Habitat features consisted of standing timber, rocks, and abundant flooded brush and trees. There are three public boat ramps and limited bank-fishing access.

Management History

Since 1999, the requested annual stocking rate of palmetto bass has been 5 fish per acre because of limited food availability and relatively poor growth of palmetto bass. Palmetto bass were not stocked in 2000, 2001, and 2003 because of golden alga problems in the hatchery. Anecdotal evidence suggested that blue catfish were introduced into Graham Reservoir by anglers sometime in the late 1990s.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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