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Lake Tyler West - 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 West 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 West is a 2,224-acre reservoir on Prairie Creek, Texas, a tributary of the Angelina River, and lies in the Angelina River watershed. It was built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat and bank access are adequate. Although facilities are generally accessible to the handicapped, none of the facilities provided are specifically marked as ADA approved. Littoral habitat in the lower two thirds of the reservoir consists mainly of featureless shoreline, boat docks, and bulkhead. Littoral habitat is better in the upper third of the reservoir (above City of Tyler water intake). Native emergent vegetation (primarily maiden-cane) occupies 44% of the shoreline (28.7 acres). Native floating vegetation (spatterdock and white water-lily) is present along 16% of the shoreline (44.7 acres). Hydrilla has declined in area from 70 acres recorded in 1996 to 0 acres in August 2003. Native submersed vegetation (primarily stonewort and pondweed) occupied only 4.2 surface acres.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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