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Lake Tyler East - 2003 Survey Report

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Prepared by Richard A. Ott, Jr. and Timothy J. Bister
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Lake Tyler East was surveyed during the period June 2003 to May 2004 using electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, a littoral zone habitat survey, an aquatic vegetation survey, and an angler access and facilities survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Tyler East is a 2,276-acre reservoir on Mud Creek, Texas, and a tributary of the Angelina River. It was built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is good with 3 public ramps and bank angler access is adequate and is available at several city parks. Although facilities are generally accessible to handicapped none of the facilities provided are specifically marked as ADA approved. Littoral habitat is sparse in the lower half of the reservoir, consisting mainly of featureless shoreline or featureless shoreline with boat docks. A narrow fringe of native emergent vegetation (primarily maiden-cane) is present in this area, providing cover when water level is near full pool, but only covers approximately 37 acres. Littoral habitat is more abundant in the upper third of the reservoir (adjacent to the SH 64 bridge) where native floating-leaved vegetation (primarily American lotus, white water-lily, and spatterdock) occupy 148 acres and native submersed vegetation (primarily stonewort and pondweed) occupy 49 acres. A very small area (trace) of hydrilla was observed just below the SH 64 bridge; however, coverage has declined substantially since 1996 when it covered 26 acres. Eelgrass, which was relatively abundant in previous surveys, was not found in 2003.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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