Cooper Lake

Lake Cooper guide Tony Parker shows off a nice size hybrid striper from Lake Cooper.
Luke Clayton

This week, veteran guide Tony parker www.tonyparkersguideservice.com joins Luke and discusses the red hot fishing at Lake Cooper for hybrid stripers and white bass.

KETR's General Manager Jerrod Knight interviews Officer Jim Beach with Cooper Lake State Park on upcoming activities.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Lake State Park is offering three days of free activities on July 7, 8, and 9 , especially for kids age 8 through 13.  This is in keeping with the "Life is better outside" theme promoted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
Laura Snider Flatt / Laura Snider Photography

It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains.  And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9.  Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.

Lake Cooper is within a couple feet of normal elevation, boat ramps are open and fishing has been great. Veteran guide Tony Parker (903-348 1619) joins Luke this week to tell you how to catch em'!
Luke Clayton

Lake Cooper is within a couple feet of normal elevation, boat ramps are open and fishing has been great. Veteran guide Tony Parker (903-348 1619) joins Luke this week to tell you how to catch em'!

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says water levels at Cooper Lake have risen dramatically recently, and the boat docks are now open and accessible.  Cindy says the lake is still about six feet low, but that's a big improvement from 12 feet low at one point.  And Cindy reports that a new cotton gin will be built at Lake Creek in Delta County.

Lone Pine Boat Ramp at Doctors Creek Unit of Cooper Lake is ready for the fishing season and has water to welcome boats. The lake is only six and half feet low with recent rain/snow runoff for March 2015.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The winter weather might have taken its toll on the roads especially the State Highway 24 expansion with increased pot holes but it is only having a positive effect on Cooper Lake levels.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Recap of some of the recent winter weather to hit local counties. No counties are currently under any watches or warnings by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) however the temperatures were in the 20's Monday morning.

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UPDATE: The Cooper FFA team will be advancing to State Competition after receiving first at Area.

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This week, we’re doing something a little different – instead of talking about proposed lakes, we’re taking a look at existing ones. Labor Day weekend is coming up, so what better time to check levels at lakes around the region.

StateImpact Texas

Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review/KETR

In a report from South Sulphur Unit at Cooper Lake State Park: Due to recent rains over Cooper Lake and the watershed that feeds its tributaries, the lake has risen approximately 6’ in the last three months. Thanks to the rise in water levels, all boat ramps on Cooper Lake are open.

The Dam on Cooper Lake is in good condition, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. It is monitored daily and is safe for travel. All problems or potential problems are thoroughly investigated.

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Cooper Lake State Park remains open. But, the road to the spillway - which is not within the park boundaries - has been closed.

Two days into the federal government shutdown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been emphasizing to the public that state parks remain open.

Cindy Roller / KETR

Some welcome rains this afternoon aren't enough to make a dent in the overall drought in Northeast Texas.

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