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Lake Holbrook - 2012 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey and Daniel L. Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Holbrook were surveyed in 2012 using electrofishing, and in 2013 using gill netting. Aquatic vegetation and habitat surveys were conducted on Lake Holbrook during August 2012. Additional assessments were conducted annually in July or August from 2009 through 2012 in order to monitor waterwillow colonies, which were initially planted in 2006 and 2007. Historical data are presented with the 2012-2013 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Holbrook is a 650-acre impoundment located in Wood County, Texas, on Lankford Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River. The reservoir was constructed by Wood County in 1962 for flood control and recreation. The reservoir contains few aquatic plants, which amount to less than 3% of reservoir surface area. Structural habitat consists primarily of natural shoreline, dead trees, and piers and docks. The majority of the aquatic vegetation found in the reservoir is native emergent species, which are confined to the shoreline and immediately adjacent areas.

Management History

Largemouth Bass and crappie species are the most prominent sport fishes present. Florida Largemouth Bass were most recently stocked in 2008. Work began in 2006 to establish native emergent vegetation in Lake Holbrook to enhance littoral habitat. District personnel collaborated with the Lake Holbrook Association to construct and deploy fish attractors constructed from brush (2007 and 2008) and bamboo (2009 and 2012). District staff created a map for use by anglers, which is available for download from the agency website showing geo-referenced locations of fish attractors.

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-221-M-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program



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