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Lake Whitney - 2007 Survey Report

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Prepared by Michael S. Baird and John Tibbs
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-B, Waco, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Whitney Reservoir were surveyed in 2007 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2008 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Whitney Reservoir is a 23,560-acre impoundment of the Brazos River, in Bosque and Hill Counties. Water levels were near conservation pool (533) during electrofishing and trap netting, and approximately six feet low during gill netting. Shoreline fish habitat was dominated by rocky shoreline and inundated stumps. Boat access (14 ramps) on the reservoir is excellent, but there are currently no handicap-specific facilities available.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, white crappie, and catfishes. The management plan from the 2004 survey report included strategies to combat losses from golden algae, investigate alternatives to prevent chronic low water levels with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and continued stocking requests for smallmouth bass.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue managing Whitney with statewide regulations and submitting requests for smallmouth bass and striped bass stockings. Conduct additional electrofisher and gill net surveys in 2009 and 2010 if needed (depending on number and severity of fish kills caused by golden algae) and standard monitoring with electrofisher and gill nets in 2011 and 2012. Also, perform a new littoral habitat survey prior to the 2012 report.

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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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