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Ray Roberts Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

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Prepared by Bruce T. Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 32-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Ray Roberts Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2012 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2011. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Ray Roberts Reservoir is a 25,600-acre impoundment on the Elm Fork Trinity River north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Denton, Grayson, and Cooke Counties. Impacts of water level fluctuation below conservation elevation (632.5 feet above - mean sea level) between May, 2008 and April, 2012 were minimal. Despite the dewatering of some peripheral tributaries, boat launching facilities were never compromised throughout this reporting period. Ray Roberts Reservoir is moderately productive. Habitat features consisted mainly of flooded dead timber, rocky shoreline, native and non-native submerged vegetation, and riprap along the dam and railroad bridges.

Management History

Important sport fish included blue and channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass and white crappie. The management plan from 2008 included a recommendation to drop the 14- to 24-inch slot length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit for largemouth bass and implement the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit instead. Conduct a roving creel survey in the spring and summer of 2010 to monitor affects of the largemouth bass regulation change. In 2005, 14,839 ShareLunker Florida largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked and 500,719 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in 2011. Statewide fish harvest regulations apply to all sport fishes in Ray Roberts Reservoir.

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-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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