Proctor Reservoir 2022 Survey Report

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Proctor Reservoir - 2022 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael D. Homer Jr.
Inland Fisheries Division - Abilene District

This is the authors' summary from a 34-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Proctor Reservoir were surveyed in fall 2022 by using electrofishing and trap netting, as well as in spring 2023 by using gill netting. Historical data are presented with the 2022-2023 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

Proctor Reservoir is a 4,615-acre impoundment constructed in 1963 on the Leon River and is located 10 miles north of the City of Comanche. Proctor Reservoir is controlled by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Primary uses include flood control, water supply, and recreation. From 2016 to 2023, the reservoir experienced large water level fluctuations. In May 2019, the reservoir caught substantial water to 10 ft. over conservation pool elevation but dropped to 3 ft. below by 2020. In June 2021, the reservoir caught water to over flood stage, but the water level declined rapidly over the summer and continued to decrease to about 10 feet below conservation pool elevation. Since the water level fluctuated over time, aquatic vegetation was limited and was not observed in the reservoir. Habitat features included flooded terrestrial vegetation, rocks, and standing timber. An artificial habitat project was completed in 2019 and 2021 by using artificial habitat structures. Ample bank fishing access was in the park areas, but multiple ramps faced closures due to recent drought conditions.

Management History

Important sport fish included White Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, crappie, and catfish. Sunshine Bass fry were stocked as part of a special study from 2014-2017. After fry stockings had poor recruitment, Palmetto Bass fingerlings were stocked in 2017 and 2018. Sunshine Bass fry were stocked in 2020 and fingerlings in 2021-2023. The most recent stocking of Florida Largemouth Bass was in 2019. In 2021, size and harvest limits for Blue and Channel Catfish were changed to a 14-inch minimum length limit and 15-fish daily bag limit. Other sport fishes were managed with the statewide regulations.

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

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