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Nocona Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

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

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Nocona Reservoir were surveyed in 2011 using an electrofisher and trap nets and in 2012 using gill nets. Habitat was surveyed in 2011. A spring creel survey was conducted in 2009. 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 1,362-acre impoundment of Farmers Creek, a tributary of the Red River, in Montague County. Water level was below conservation elevation (827.5 ft-msl) since July 2010. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline, and native emergent vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fishes include blue and channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, and white crappie. The management plan from the 2008 survey report included recommendations for a spring creel survey in 2009, supplemental electrofishing survey in the fall of 2008, and supplemental trap netting survey.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Nocona Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Improvements to fishery should be publicized through the social media. Inform the North Montague County Water Supply District about new exotic species threats to Texas waters, and work with them to display appropriate signage and educate constituents.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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