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Joe Pool Reservoir - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Raphael Brock, Cynthia Holt and Thomas Hungerford
Inland Fisheries Division
Fort Worth District

This is the authors' summary from a 31-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Joe Pool Reservoir were surveyed in 2018 and 2021 using electrofishing and in 2021 using trap nets. Due to other district priorities gill netting was not conducted in 2022. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Joe Pool Reservoir, a 7,470-acre reservoir located on Mountain Creek (a tributary of the Trinity River), was constructed in 1986 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, water supply, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. It was opened to public fishing in August 1989. Joe Pool Reservoir is in Tarrant, Ellis, and Dallas Counties four miles south of Grand Prairie, Texas. Historically habitat was composed mainly of shoreline emergent vegetation, submersed vegetation in the form of Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), American Pondweed (Potamogeton nodosus), and flooded timber. However, at the time of sampling, aquatic vegetation was nonexistent and structural fish habitat was limited to primarily natural shoreline.

Management History

Important sport fishes include White Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, and Channel and Blue Catfish. Largemouth Bass have been intensively managed though harvest regulations and the fishery opened with an 18-inch minimum length limit. This regulation was changed to a 14-to 21- inch slot length limit in fall 1992.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

General monitoring with trap netting, gill netting, and electrofishing in 2025- 2026. Annual aquatic vegetation surveys will be conducted to monitor Hydrilla coverage. Stock Lone Star Bass in 2026.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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