Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced plans to implement a habitat enhancement project at the Cedar Creek area of Possum Kingdom Lake.
During a meeting April 8, representatives from TPWD met with the Hell's Gate Bass club in an effort to explain the project and partner with the club to increase the program's effectiveness.
"Our goal is to provide the best possible fishing in Texas while protecting the fish population," said fisheries management supervisor Tom Lang. "We held this meeting in response to requests from the Hell's Gate Bass Club and appreciate their interest and efforts in caring about the lake."nbsp;
Texas is home to over 2 million anglers, which according to TPWD, is a significant driving force in the area's economy. However, many Texas lakes are seeing a decline in young fish and PK is no exception.
Due to the drought conditions, areas that had previously been underwater are no longer. This exposed shoreline accounts for much of the spawning area in the lake.
"That is what really concerns me," he said. "We have a lower number of young fish."
Dropping water levels and the age of the reservoir also results in fewer habitats and natural plant growth that acts as a refuge for younger fish.
The habitat enhancement project will create natural and artificial habitats, as well as re-introduce aquatic vegetation into the lake. Brush piles collected through the assistance of Brazos River Authority and weighted PVC structures will be used to create safe places for young fish. TWPD also plans to start 60 small colonies of American pond weed and water willow along the Cedar Creek area.