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Sheldon Reservoir - 2012 Survey Report

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Prepared by Michael Homer Jr. and Mark Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Snook, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Sheldon Reservoir were surveyed in 2012 by electrofishing and trap netting and in 2013 by using gill netting. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Sheldon Reservoir is a 1,229-acre reservoir on Culpepper Bayou in Harris County, Texas, lying within Sheldon State Park. The reservoir has a drainage area of 4.0 square miles and a shoreline length of 13.1 miles. The reservoir has a mean depth of 3 feet and a maximum depth of 20 feet.

Management History

Sheldon Reservoir is a very important asset to Texas Parks and Wildlife and to the people of Houston. To make the most of this resource, Inland Fisheries Division has worked closely with Sheldon Reservoir State Park’s and Infrastructure’s staffs to improve the reservoir in conjunction with the development of the Sheldon Environmental Learning Center. Heavy infestations of hydrilla, giant salvinia, and water hyacinth have greatly impeded recreational use at Sheldon Reservoir. Herbicide treatments over several years have been unsuccessful in maintaining control of noxious vegetation. However, herbicide treatments in 2011 and 2012 have improved the situation.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

The primary challenge at Sheldon Reservoir is aquatic vegetation management and water level management. An integrated pest management strategy will address the aquatic vegetation problem. Lake Sheldon State Park staff continues to explore ways to supplement water supply to Sheldon Reservoir in low rainfall years. Electrofishing, trap netting, angler access, and gill netting will be conducted every four years. Aquatic vegetation will be surveyed annually.

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