I think I'm going to make a trip up there soon. Probably sucks but you never know. Used to be an amazing lake. Like the OP said there's still gotta be some nice fish in there. I look at all new lakes that im thinking about trying from google earth first before doing anything else. The satellite picture was taken when the lake was low. The problem I see is a lack of habitat. Looks to be no grass and no sheltered places for the fish to spawn. There is tons of timber so that's a plus. A guide on Fork told me how Bass will spawn in 20+ feet of water on the tops of tree stumps. There's no shortage of timber on Cooper but I would guess this is a rare way to see the fish spawn. If anyone goes out there give us a report.
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