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Bridgeport Reservoir - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce T. Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 43-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Smallmouth Bass only sampling was conducted in Bridgeport Reservoir during spring 2011 by electrofishing. All fish populations in Bridgeport Reservoir were surveyed in 2013 by electrofishing and trap netting; and in 2014 by gill netting. Habitat was surveyed in 2013. Anglers were surveyed by roving creel surveys in fall 2013 and spring 2014. 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) since July 2010. 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 present in the reservoir.

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 2010 included resuming stocking Palmetto Bass at 5/acre biennially. Gill netting in 2011 and 2014 and spring electrofishing in 2011 for Smallmouth only. Zebra mussels have infested Bridgeport Reservoir, boat ramp signage recommended. Marina personnel have been informed. An ongoing roving creel affords opportunity to inform anglers.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Continue stocking Palmetto Bass at 5/acre in 2015 and 2017. Inform Tarrant Regional Water District about new exotic species threats to Texas waters, and work with them to display appropriate signage, educate constituents, and understand appropriate enforcement actions.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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