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Palo Duro Reservoir - 2014 Survey Report

Prepared by Charles Munger and John Clayton
Inland Fisheries Division - Amarillo District

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 Palo Duro Reservoir were surveyed with electrofishing in 2014. Historical data are presented with the 2014 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

Palo Duro Reservoir is a 2,413-acre (current pool is approximately 95 acres) impoundment on Palo Duro Creek approximately 13 miles north of Spearman in Hansford County, Texas. The reservoir is owned and operated by the Palo Duro River Authority for municipal water supply. The reservoir drainage area has experienced a drought of record since 2000 resulting in extremely low water levels punctuated by three short-term increases. The reservoir has two boat ramps which are currently out of the water. Two temporary launch sites are in place. There are no handicap-specific facilities.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass, White Crappie, Blue Catfish and Walleye. White Crappie have a history of overabundance in the system and poor growth. Walleye stocking was attempted to mitigate the crappie problem. Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked in 1991 and 1993.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-5 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program