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Fort Phantom Hill Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Spencer C. Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fort Phantom Hill Reservoir was surveyed in 2003 using electrofishing, trap nets, and a six-month creel survey and in 2004 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

Fort Phantom Hill is a 4,246-acre reservoir constructed on Elm Creek approximately 15 miles north of Abilene, Texas. It is located in the Brazos River Basin, and its primary use is municipal water supply. Secondary uses include power plant cooling and recreation. Beginning in December 2003, power plant generation was reduced to peak use only. The reservoir was last full in 1997. Water level was 11 to 14 feet below conservation level at time of sampling. At time of sampling, littoral habitat was primarily rock and dead flooded-terrestrial vegetation. Creel surveys in 2003 showed over 40,000 h of fishing effort from March through August, with about 75% of the total effort from bank anglers. Total direct expenditures by anglers from 2000 to 2003 ranged from $70,000 to $120,000 during the six-month creel survey.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue stocking palmetto bass annually at 15/acre. Continue to monitor 12-inch and 16-inch minimum length limits on blue catfish and largemouth bass, respectively. Stock and evaluate Imperial channel catfish. Recommend regulation change on blue catfish if growth and size structure do not improve.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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