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Moss Reservoir - 2006 Survey Report

Prepared by Bruce Hysmith and John H. Moczygemba
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-A, Pottsboro, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 25-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Moss Reservoir were surveyed in 2006 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2007 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2006. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Moss Reservoir is a 1,140-acre impoundment on Fish Creek, a tributary of the Red River, in Cooke County. Water level has been within 2.5 feet of the spillway since June 2004. The reservoir waters are low in nutrients because of the watershed properties; hence, low to moderate productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline and native submerged and emergent vegetation. Standing timber was also present.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish, largemouth bass, and white bass. The management plan from the 2002 survey report included a recommendation to update the boat ramp and boarding facilities to improve access for the physically challenged. The boat ramp and boarding facilities have been updated, but improvements to the handicap facilities have not been done. In addition fishing piers were constructed near the boat ramps. A recommendation was also made to explain the declining fish production. Research of historical water quality records of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality indicated the waters were low in chlorophyll-a, a primary nutrient for productive reservoirs.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Moss Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Although improvements to the boat ramps and related facilities have been made, there are no handicap facilities at the access areas of the reservoir. The City of Gainesville will be encouraged to make those improvements.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-32 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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