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Weatherford Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by John H. Moczygemba and Dan Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division – Denison District

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Weatherford Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2016 using gill netting. Habitat was surveyed in 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

Weatherford Reservoir is a 1,158-acre impoundment on the Clear Fork Trinity River in Parker County. Water level was below conservation elevation (896 ft-msl) for most of the period between May 2012 and May 2015. Since the 2015 flood in May and June the water levels have remained near the conservation elevation. Extremely nutrient rich reservoir waters were probably enhanced by runoff from domestic habitation in the watershed. Habitat features consisted mainly of bulkhead and rocky and natural shoreline with numerous boat docks and piers.

Management History

Important sport fishes included Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and White Crappie. The management plan for the 2012 survey report included a recommendation to promote the Largemouth Bass fishery, encourage the City of Weatherford to renovate the one public ramp to make it usable during low water conditions, and educate controlling authority on invasive species dangers.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Weatherford Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. The improvements in the Largemouth Bass population should be communicated to constituents via TPWD social media and news releases. Educate the City of Weatherford about new exotic species threats to Texas waters, and work with them to display appropriate signage and educate constituents.

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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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