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Bridgeport Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Dan Bennett and Greg Cummings
Inland Fisheries Division
Denison District, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 31-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Bridgeport Reservoir were surveyed in 2021 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2022 using gill netting. A roving creel survey was conducted in 2021. Aquatic vegetation and boatangler access locations were surveyed in 2021. Historical data are presented with the 2021-2022 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

Bridgeport Reservoir is an 11,954-acre impoundment located on the West Fork Trinity River approximately 8 miles west of Bridgeport, Texas. Water level has remained near conservation elevation since 2015. Bridgeport Reservoir has increasing productivity and is borderline eutrophic. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline, submerged boulders, and some standing timber.

Management History

Important sport fish included Blue and Channel Catfish, White Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, and crappie. Palmetto Bass were first stocked in 1983 and biennially between 2002 and 2019. Sunshine Bass fingerlings and fry have been stocked since 2020. Florida Largemouth Bass were last stocked in 2021. Smallmouth Bass were stocked between 1982 and 1985 and again in 2019. In 2018, the 14- to 18-inch slot length limit for Largemouth Bass was replaced with the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit (MLL). In 2021, the Blue and Channel Catfish regulation was changed to a 25-fish combined bag limit with no more than 10 fish ≥ 20 inches in length.

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-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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