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Palo Duro Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

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Prepared by Charles Munger and Jason Henegar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 20-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish Populations in Palo Duro Reservoir were surveyed in 2006 using electrofishing. Trap and gill net sampling was not conducted due to very low water levels. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Palo Duro Reservoir is a 2,413-acre (current pool is approximately 100 acres) impoundment on Palo Duro Creek approximately 13 miles north of Spearman in Hansford County, Texas. The reservoir is owned and operated by the Palo Duro River Authority for municipal water supply. Water levels have declined since 2000. The reservoir has two boat ramps which are currently above the water line. One temporary launch site is in place. There are no handicap specific facilities.

Management History

Important sport fish include walleye, white bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. White crappie are overabundant in the system and have poor growth. Walleye stocking has been attempted to mitigate the crappie problem. Florida largemouth bass were stocked in 1991 and 1993.

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-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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