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Nocona 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 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Nocona 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

Nocona Reservoir, a 1,201-acre impoundment on Farmers Creek, is located north of Nocona in Montague County. It was constructed for municipal water supply and recreation by the North Montague County Water Supply District in 1961. The reservoir has a drainage area of 94 square miles. Major tributaries include Panther and Polecat Creeks and Barefoot Branch. The shoreline is 23 miles long and has a shoreline development index of 4.5. Approximately 49% of the reservoir is < 15 feet deep. Water level fluctuated approximately 4.0 feet during the period June 2002 through May 2004. The area receives 30 inches mean annual rainfall. There are 3 boat ramps and 3 areas for bank access. There are no facilities specifically for the handicapped and despite the availability of shoreline angling to the physically challenged, handicap access is inadequate.

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Management Strategies

Based on current information, Nocona reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Limited handicap facilities, restrooms, and outdoor lighting will be brought to the attention of the controlling authority in a briefing later this year. In addition, we will research funding sources for access and facilities and handicap facilities. Concerns associated with the blue catfish and largemouth bass population estimates will be addressed by supplemental gill netting and electrofishing. Finally, we recommend updating Nocona Reservoir (Lake Nocona) web page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department web site with appropriate information as needed.

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