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ATHENS, Texas-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week stocked 32,000 six-inch largemouth bass with trophy genes into Lakes Austin and Nacogdoches.

The fish were produced at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens for use in Operation World Record, an on-going research project to determine if fish descended from 13-pound or bigger bass will grow faster and/or bigger than "wild" fish naturally occurring in a reservoir.

Because hatchery production was exceptionally successful, about 33,000 six-inch bass are available in addition to the 27,000 needed for the research project.

"Lake Austin was chosen as one of the sites to stock the excess fish because of its history of producing trophy largemouth bass," said Steve Magnelia, the TPWD Inland Fisheries biologist in charge of the lake. "Seven Budweiser ShareLunkers have come from Lake Austin, and the lake record is 14.35 pounds. Habitat is good on the upper end of the reservoir."

Lake Austin will receive nearly 13,000 fish.

Lake Nacogdoches, a 2,212-acre lake near the city of the same name, will be stocked with about 20,000 fish. "Since our management goal for this lake is to maximize the production of trophy fish, it seems like a good fit for the OWR fish," said Todd Driscoll, the TPWD Inland Fisheries biologist in charge of the lake. "Current vegetative coverage is over 40 percent, so there is ample habitat to ensure stocking survival."

Effective September 1, 2008, only largemouth bass 16 inches or less in length may be harvested by anglers on Lake Nacogdoches. Any bass weighing 13 pounds or more may be donated to the Budweiser ShareLunker program. Otherwise, it must be immediately released back into Lake Nacogdoches. These regulations are designed to protect bigger fish and should maximize the impact of the OWR fish on the quality of fishing in Lake Nacogdoches.
 
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Word has it that the big fine ladies on Lake Austin like to sun themselves on the rocks when the sun is high! ;)

Just gotta find the rocks they like! :cool:
 

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And don't forget another very important reason Austin is such the gem it is today...the ridiculous wakeboard and recreational traffic.

I know you guys are always cursing us out but think how much more fishing pressure Austin would get if there was no wakeboard traffic on the lake.  Everyone knows Austin has the quality but most are not willing to travel down here due to the world famous wakeboard rollers that frequent the lake 3/4 of the year.

So next time instead of flipping off a ski boat cuz they're throwing a 2' roller over your bow troll up to them, hand them a beer and thank them for their part in keeping Austin a local trophy bass fishery and providing something to look at while you guys are fishing.
 

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This is great news and should help ensure a trophy bass fishery on LA for years to come. You are right airfob, without the skiers and wakeboarders LA fishing would not be nearly as good. They help keep the fishing pressure down to a reasonable level. ;)

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they released these fish all over the lake,,,,watched them head toward 360 and back up stream also..........the lake is going to be a real dink fish for awhile i bet.....i bet they are going to hit before we can get to the big girls
 
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