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Cooper Reservoir - 2019 Survey Report

Prepared by Margaret Stadig
Inland Fisheries Division – Tyler North District

This is the authors' summary from a 28-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Cooper Reservoir were surveyed in 2019 using electrofishing, low-frequency electrofishing and trap netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2019 through August 2019 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2019-2020 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. In 2015, water level in Cooper Reservoir rose six feet above conservation pool elevation, flooding Doctor’s Creek and South Sulphur Units of Cooper Lake State Park. Water levels have fluctuated from four feet low to six feet above conservation pool, since 2015.

Management History

Important sport fishes at Cooper Reservoir include Hybrid Striped Bass, 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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