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Palo Pinto Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Robert Mauk and Tom Lang
Inland Fisheries Division – Wichita Falls District

This is the authors' summary from a 34-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Palo Pinto Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2016 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2012 through May 2013 with a creel survey. 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

Palo Pinto Reservoir is a 2,399-acre impoundment located in Palo Pinto County on Palo Pinto Creek in the Brazos River Basin approximately 79 miles southwest of Fort Worth. It was constructed in 1964 to provide municipal water for Mineral Wells, Texas and cooling water for the Brazos Electric power plant. It has a primarily rocky shoreline with boat docks. At the time of the 2015 habitat survey, the reservoir was 0.4 feet below spillway elevation and rocky shoreline and standing timber were the dominant habitat features. Boat access was adequate at the three improved public boat ramp sites. Periodic turbidity, fluctuating water levels and a rocky shoreline inhibit the growth of aquatic vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fish include Blue and Channel Catfish, White and Palmetto Bass, Largemouth Bass, and White Crappie. Palo Pinto Reservoir has always been managed using statewide regulations. Recent stockings are Palmetto Bass being stocked in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 and Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 2015 and 2016.

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-221-M-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program



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