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Coleman Reservoir - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Mukhtar Farooqi and Spencer Dumont
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-B, Abilene, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 20-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Coleman Reservoir was surveyed in fall 2004 using electrofishing and trap nets, and in spring 2005 using gill nets. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Coleman Reservoir is a 2,000-acre impoundment owned and controlled by the city of Coleman, Texas. It was impounded in 1966 on Jim Ned creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. It is located 11 miles north of Coleman. The reservoir provides municipal and industrial water supply for the city of Coleman and is also used for flood control and recreation. Topography grades from gentle to moderate relief. Land use around the reservoir includes residential and agriculture. The habitat in the reservoir at the time of sampling consisted mainly of rocky structure, standing timber, and aquatic vegetation (lotus, stargrass and floating leaf pondweed). Water levels had steadily declined after 1998 to a low not observed since the reservoir was impounded. However, this trend was reversed in July of 2002 when the reservoir filled and has been at or close to conservation level since that time. Coleman Reservoir is a study site for the habitat enhancement initiative, which began in 1998.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Stock palmetto bass biennially at a rate of 5/acre. Conduct general monitoring with trap nets, gill nets and electrofishing surveys in 2008-2009.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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