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Joe Pool Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Raphael Brock and Thomas Hungerford
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

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 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets and in 2006 using gill nets. 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 6,469-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. It is located in Tarrant, Ellis and Dallas Counties four miles south of Grand Prairie, Texas. Habitat is composed mainly of rocky habitat, aquatic vegetation in the form of hydrilla, and flooded timber.

Management History

Important sport fish include white bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and channel catfish. Largemouth bass have been intensively managed through harvest regulations and opened with an 18 inch minimum length limit and was changed to a 14-to 21-inch slot length limit in Fall 1992.

Hydrilla was first discovered in Joe Pool Reservoir in 1994. Coverage was less than 1 acre until it expanded to approximately 116 acres in 2003. Although hydrilla is an exotic species and can be problematic, the increase in coverage has increased largemouth population abundance and has appeared to increase growth rates.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Because of below average threadfin shad catch rates, threadfin shad will be stocked in the spring annually to increase available forage to sport fishes. Intensive age and growth analysis will be conducted to determine if growth rates are improving and the most appropriate regulation for largemouth bass. Optional electrofishing surveys will be conducted in 2006, 2007, and in 2008, and general monitoring with trap nets, gill nets, and electrofishing surveys in 2009-2010. Aquatic vegetation surveys will be conducted annually to monitor hydrilla coverage.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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