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Kirby Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael D. Homer Jr. and Natalie Amoroso
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 37-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

From 2010 to 2014, fish populations in Kirby Reservoir were surveyed with various methods including electrofishing, low-frequency electrofishing, tandem hoop netting, trap netting, and gill netting. Anglers were interviewed during June 2010–May 2011 and September 2013–May 2014 with roving creel surveys. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Kirby Reservoir is a 740-acre impoundment at conservation pool located within the city limits of Abilene, Texas. The reservoir is an impoundment on Cedar Creek within the Brazos River Basin. During fall 2000, the lake went completely dry but refilled by July 2002. Since September 2001, treated effluent water has been pumped into the reservoir to help manage the water level. Habitat features consist of mud flats, rocks, brush, and vegetation consisted of bulrush, black willow, and exotic salt cedar. Two boat ramps and one handicap-accessible fishing pier are available, and bank-fishing access is plentiful.

Management History

Sport fish include Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, saugeye, Largemouth Bass, and sunfishes. All sport fishes, with the exception of Blue and Channel catfish, are managed under current statewide harvest regulations. In 2011, Blue and Channel catfish harvest regulations were modified to allow for harvest without a minimum length limit and a daily bag limit increase from 25 to 50 fish/day in combination with no more than 5 fish ≥20 inches.

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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program



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