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Lake Tyler West - 2007 Survey Report

Prepared by Patrick A. Beck and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
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.

The Lake Tyler West fish community was surveyed from June 2007 to May 2008 using electrofisher, gill nets, and trap nets. A vegetation survey was conducted in August 2007. A roving creel survey, conducted from December 2004 to February 2005 and March 2008 to May 2008, collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of the surveys and contains a management plan 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. The reservoir was built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat and bank access are adequate. Although facilities were generally accessible to the physically-challenged, none were specifically marked as ADA approved. Littoral habitat in the lower two thirds of the reservoir consisted mainly of featureless shoreline, boat docks, and bulkhead. Littoral emergent vegetation (primarily maidencane) occupied 53.2 acres. Native submersed vegetation (primarily stonewort and pondweed) occupied only 11.8 surface acres.

Management History

Important sportfish include sunfishes, largemouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie and black crappie. The reservoir is currently managed under the statewide fishing regulations. Biennial electrofishing surveys were conducted to assess the reservoir’s largemouth bass population. Supplemental largemouth bass sampling was conducted in 2004 and stockings were conducted in 2004 and 2005.

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-30-R-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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