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Sulphur Springs Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Aaron K. Jubar and Kevin W. Storey
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-B, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Sulphur Springs Reservoir were surveyed in 2005 using electrofishing and trap nets, and in 2006 using gill nets. Aquatic vegetation and habitat surveys were conducted during August 2005. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Sulphur Springs Reservoir is a 1,766-acre impoundment located in Hopkins County, Texas, on White Oak Creek, a tributary of the Sulphur River. It was constructed by the City of Sulphur Springs in 1973 as a municipal water supply. Habitat consists primarily of featureless mud banks with very little structural cover. Water clarity in the reservoir is extremely low due to high levels of suspended solids in the water column.

Management History

Important sport fish include largemouth bass, white crappie, and blue catfish. The management plan from the 2001 survey report included investigating options to reduce turbidity and improve fisheries resources. Fisheries utilization is limited; however, passive-gear and active-gear catfish fisheries are present in the reservoir.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Conduct standard monitoring with trap nets, gill nets, and electrofishing surveys in 2009-2010. Conduct aquatic vegetation and habitat surveys in 2009.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program