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Nocona Reservoir - 2007 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 27-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Nocona Reservoir were surveyed in 2007 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2008 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2007. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Nocona Reservoir is a 1,323-acre impoundment on Farmers Creek, a tributary of the Red River, in Montague County. Water level was below conservation elevation (827 ft-msl) from April 2005 until May 2007. The reservoir waters are high in nutrients because of the watershed properties; hence, high productivity. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline, flooded dead terrestrial vegetation, and native emergent vegetation. Standing timber was also present.

Management History

Important sport fishes include blue and channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and white crappie. The management plan from the 2004 survey report included recommendations to encourage North Montague County Water Supply District to construct outdoor lighting and access facilities compliant with the American Disabilities Act, conduct supplemental electrofishing survey in the fall of 2004 to assess a decline in largemouth bass abundance, conduct supplemental gill netting for blue catfish in spring of 2005, and update the Nocona Reservoir web page on the TPWD web site.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Nocona Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Investigate over-exploitation of largemouth bass by tournament angling by creel survey, spring 2009. Increase trap netting for white crappie in fall 2011.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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