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Cooper Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

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Prepared by Randall A. Myers and Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 23-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Cooper Reservoir was surveyed from June 2003 to May 2004 using electrofishing, trap netting, and gill netting. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Cooper Reservoir is located in Delta and Hopkins Counties, Texas, on the Middle and South Forks of the Sulphur River. It was constructed for water supply, flood control, and recreation by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Angler access is good with five publicly accessible boat ramps and bank angling facilities in both units of Cooper Lake State Park. The shoreline is primarily featureless mud bank and the littoral area contains limited amounts of aquatic vegetation. Flooded timber occurs in most of the creeks, along the shoreline, and in approximately 50% of the upper reservoir. Decreased rainfall (Appendix 4) resulted in extremely low water levels during the 2003-2004 study period, averaging 3.86 feet below conservation pool elevation (Appendix 5). The low water level could negatively impact previously conducted native aquatic plant establishment efforts.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

All species should continue to be managed under current harvest regulations. Gill net sampling will be conducted biennially to monitor catfishes and temperate bass populations. Electrofishing will be conducted biennially to monitor largemouth bass population trends and to evaluate the success of FLMB stockings.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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