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Bridgeport Reservoir - 2009 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 34-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Bridgeport Reservoir were surveyed in 2009 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2010 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2009. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Bridgeport Reservoir is an 11,954-acre impoundment located on the West Fork Trinity River approximately 8 miles west of Bridgeport. Water level has been below conservation elevation (836 feet-mean sea level) 42 of the past 48 months or since May 2006, therefore, at or above conservation elevation for only 6 months. Bridgeport Reservoir has moderate, but increasing, productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline and submerged boulders. There was some standing timber and a small amount of hydrilla.

Management History

Important sport fish included channel catfish, white bass, palmetto bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, and white crappie. The fisheries management plan prepared in 2006 included resuming stocking palmetto bass at 5/acre in 2007 and 2009. Monitoring the population with gill nets in 2008. Since gizzard shad appeared directly impacted by palmetto bass stocking, both gizzard and threadfin shad populations were to be monitored by electrofishing in 2006 and 2008. Florida largemouth bass (FLMB) alleles were below 20% indicating a need to restock. FLMB fingerlings were stocked last stocked in 2007 and 2008. In 1993, a 14- to 18-inch slot length limit for largemouth bass was implemented. Smallmouth bass were stocked annually from 1982 through 1985. Since then, the population has been maintained by natural reproduction. Threadfin shad were stocked in 1984 and 1985 and are still present.

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-30-R-35 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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