Sweetwater Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report
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Prepared by Mukhtar Farooqi and Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas
This is the authors' summary from a 7-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.
Fish populations in Sweetwater Reservoir have not been surveyed since 2002 because of low water conditions. This report contains a management plan for the reservoir.
Sweetwater Reservoir is a 630-acre reservoir, at conservation pool, located on Bitter and Cottonwood creeks, tributaries of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. It was constructed by the city of Sweetwater in 1930 to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. It is located approximately 12 miles southeast of the city of Sweetwater in Nolan County. Water level began dropping in 1999 and was too low to allow fish population sampling in 2006. As of April 2007, the reservoir was 37 ft. below conservation pool. There has been no boat access for several years.
Since 2003, water level has been too low to conduct fish population surveys and fish stocking. In March 2003, there was a fish kill caused by golden algae (Prymnesium parvum).
The status of all prey and sport fish is unknown, however, due to the low water level and susceptibility to fish kills caused by golden algae, it is likely that few desirable fish species remain in the reservoir.
- Stock forage and sport fish species when the reservoir fills.
- Monitor fish populations in 2010/2011 if boat access is suitable.
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