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Cooper Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 23-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 in 2011 and gill netting in 2012. Littoral-zone habitat surveys and aquatic vegetation surveys were not conducted in summer 2011. 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, Texas, 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 during the past four years has fluctuated. From May 2010 through December 2011, levels continuously declined to 12.9 feet below conservation pool elevation, at which time all boat ramps were inaccessible.

Management History

Important sport fishes at Cooper Reservoir include palmetto bass, white bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Annual requests are made to stock palmetto bass 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-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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