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Weatherford Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, 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.

Weatherford Reservoir was surveyed in 2003 with trap nets and electrofisher, and in 2004 with gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on these findings.

Reservoir Description

Weatherford Reservoir, a 1,154-acre impoundment on the Clear Fork Trinity River, is located northeast of Weatherford in Parker County. It was constructed in 1957 by the City of Weatherford for municipal and industrial uses. Current uses include steam electric generating plant cooling and recreation. The reservoir has a drainage area of approximately 109 square miles, a shoreline length of 6 miles, and a shoreline development index of 1.3. Approximately 45% of the reservoir is < 15 feet deep. Water level fluctuated approximately six feet during the period June 2002 through May 2004. Rainfall in the watershed averages 31 inches a year. There is one public boat ramp with boarding pier, lighted parking, and restrooms. Bank access is available in three areas. There are no handicap facilities, only unimproved shoreline is handicap accessible.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Weatherford Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Weatherford Reservoir tops the list of reservoirs in our district for the percent of > 10-inch fish and ranks 7th in white crappie catch rate. We recommend promoting this fishery through news releases and public presentations to local civic and fishing groups. Handicap access is poor and we will be recommending remedial action to the City of Weatherford. Finally, we recommend updating the Weatherford Reservoir (Lake Weatherford) web page on the TPWD web site with appropriate information as needed.

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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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