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Lake Placid - 2004 Survey Report

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Prepared by Aaron Walters and John Findeisen
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-E, Mathis, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 20-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Lake Placid was surveyed in May 2005 using electrofishing, trap nets, and gill nets. Electrofishing and trap net surveys were conducted in May 2005 due to low water level, as a result of damaged dam gates in November 2004, prevented access to the reservoir. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Placid is a 214-acre reservoir located on the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe County one-half mile southwest of Seguin. This small impoundment, constructed in 1928, is fed by the Guadalupe River watershed and used for water supply, hydroelectric generation, and recreation. The reservoir is controlled by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). Although most of the shoreline is privately owned, public boat access is adequate, while public access for bank and handicap anglers is inadequate. The lake is typically riverine with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Substrate in the upper portion of the reservoir is composed primarily of rock and gravel, and in the middle and lower portions of the reservoir is composed of clay, sand and silt. In addition to boat docks, piers, bulkheads, and riprap, littoral habitat consists of many native aquatic species including rushes, cattail, pondweed, American lotus, and spatterdock. There are some areas of submerged timber, and overhanging terrestrial vegetation is abundant. Introduced exotics, such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, and hydrilla caused access problems for many years until aggressive chemical and biological controls were implemented. No evidence of hydrilla was found in Lake Placid in 2005. Water hyacinth and water lettuce, although still present, were not found in high concentrations. Two major flood events have occurred causing damage to the gates of the dam since the last survey report in 2001, and thus resulted in two sustained periods of low water conditions. The first low water event was experienced in spring 2003, while the other was experienced for a 6-month time period between November 2004 and April 2005. Lake Placid was added to the general survey list in 1999.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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