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Cooper Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division – Tyler North District

This is the authors' summary from a 26-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 2015 and gill netting in 2016. An aquatic vegetation survey was conducted in summer 2015. Historical data are presented with the 2015-2016 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

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. Within the past two years, reservoir elevation has increased from a minimum of 12.6 ft. below conservation pool elevation (cpe) in December 2014 to a level six feet above cpe, 12 months later. This event caused flooding in the Doctor’s Creek and South Sulphur Units of Cooper Lake State Park. In 2016 elevation has remained above cpe.

Management History

Important sport fishes at Cooper Reservoir include Hybrid Striped Bass (Palmetto Bass and Sunshine Bass combined), White Bass, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and White Crappie. Annual requests are made to stock Hybrid Striped Bass (Palmetto Bass and/or Sunshine 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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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