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Nocona Reservoir - 2015 Survey Report

Prepared by John H. Moczygemba and Dan Bennett
Inland Fisheries Division – Denison District

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 Nocona Reservoir were surveyed in 2015 using electrofishing and trap netting. Habitat was surveyed in 2015. Historical data are presented with the 2015 data for comparison. 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. From July 2010, to May 2015, water level remained below conservation elevation (827.5 ft-msl). On June 18, 2015, the elevation peaked at 833.45 ft-msl, 5.95 feet above conservation elevation and has remained near conservation level. Habitat features consisted mainly of rocky shoreline, and native emergent vegetation.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Largemouth Bass and White Crappie. Blue and Channel Catfish as well as White Bass are available to anglers. The management plan from the 2011 survey report included recommendations to promote the Largemouth Bass and White Crappie fisheries and educate the controlling authority of invasive species dangers.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, Nocona Reservoir should continue to be managed with existing fish harvest regulations. Threadfin Shad adults will be stocked to re-establish this important component of the forage base. Florida Largemouth Bass stockings were recommended to increase growth potential in the Largemouth Bass population. 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-6 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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