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Cooper Reservoir - 2007 Survey Report

Prepared by Aaron K. Jubar and Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

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 Cooper Reservoir were surveyed using electrofishing and trap netting in 2007, and gill netting in 2008. A littoral-zone habitat survey and an aquatic vegetation survey were conducted in summer 2007. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Cooper Reservoir is located in Delta and Hopkins Counties on the Middle and South Forks of the Sulphur River. It was constructed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for water supply and flood control. Reservoir elevation in the past four years has experienced extreme fluctuations, declining to 17.5 feet below conservation pool elevation in December 2006. Elevations returned to conservation pool in 2007, flooding terrestrial vegetation and providing additional habitat for many fish species.

Management History

Important sport fishes at Cooper Reservoir include palmetto bass, white bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Palmetto bass are stocked annually at a rate of 10/acre.

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-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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