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Lake Waxahachie - 2009 Survey Report

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Prepared by Daniel L. Bennett and Richard A. Ott, Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

The Lake Waxahachie fish community was surveyed from June 2009 through May 2010 using electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting. A vegetation survey was conducted in August 2009. A roving creel survey, conducted from March through May 2007, collected angler use and harvest information. This report summarizes results of these surveys and contains a management plan based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Waxahachie is a 553-acre reservoir on Prong Creek (a tributary of the Trinity River), Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. Boat access is adequate, but bank angler access is limited. There are no handicap-specific facilities. Fluctuating water levels have limited growth of beneficial native submersed and emergent plant species around the reservoir. Prolonged periods of low water levels and subsequent lack of available habitat have resulted in limited year-class strength of several species.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and white and black crappie. The management plan from the 2005 survey report included: stocking blue catfish (100/acre in 2006 and 2007); providing angler information on size limits; continued monitoring of the largemouth bass population in 2009; and conducting a spring quarter creel survey in 2007. Largemouth bass were managed under a 14- to 18-inch inch slot-length limit from 1991-2002 and reverted to the statewide limit in September 2003. Additional blue catfish were stocked in 2007.

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-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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