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Big Creek Lake - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division – Tyler North District

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 Big Creek Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and in spring 2016 using gill netting. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted during summer 2015. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2016 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Big Creek Reservoir is a 520-acre impoundment located in Delta County, Texas, on Big Creek, a tributary of the South Sulphur River. The reservoir was constructed by the City of Cooper for municipal water supply. At conservation pool elevation, habitat consists primarily of featureless banks and the littoral area contains limited amounts of emergent aquatic plants. The invasive aquatic plant Eurasian watermilfoil has been found in the past.

Management History

Important sport fish include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and Channel Catfish.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue with standard monitoring using daytime electrofishing in 2019, and gill netting in 2020. Electrofishing during daytime will be employed due to high turbidity in the reservoir. If sufficient hoop nets can be acquired this method will be substituted for gill netting to sample Channel Catfish in 2019. Continue to monitor aquatic vegetation through a vegetation survey in 2019.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program



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