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Palo Duro Reservoir - 2010 Survey Report

Prepared by Charles Munger and John Clayton
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish Populations in Palo Duro Reservoir were surveyed in 2010 with electrofishing and trap nets and 2011 with gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Palo Duro Reservoir is a 2,413-acre (current pool is approximately 815 acres) impoundment on Palo Duro Creek approximately 13 miles north of Spearman in Hansford County, Texas. The reservoir is owned and operated by the Palo Duro River Authority for municipal water supply. Water levels declined from 2000 until July, 2010 when a single storm resulted in a 46 foot water level rise. The reservoir has since lost about 15 feet of elevation. The reservoir has two boat ramps which are currently out of the water. One temporary launch site is in place. There are no handicap-specific facilities.

Management History

Important sport fish include white bass, white crappie, and blue catfish. White crappie have a history of overabundance in the system and poor growth. Walleye stocking was attempted to mitigate the crappie problem. Florida largemouth bass were stocked in 1991 and 1993.

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-1 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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