There are specific reasons to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at a Brazos River Authority reservoir: improved fish habitat at Lake Granbury, the largest striped bass population in 14 years has been confirmed at Possum Kingdom Lake, and Lake Limestone is recognized as one of the state’s hidden gems when it comes to fishing.
Plenty of improvements in fish habitat have been made at Lake Granbury in recent months. While there is natural fish habitat located at Lake Granbury, TPWD and the BRA have partnered to place several structures at locations throughout the reservoir. Some of the sites are located near Rough Creek Fishing Pier, in the vicinity of where Saturday’s Water Safety Awareness and Family Fishing Day will be held, as well as bridges on the lake around Granbury City Beach Park.
Predominant species at Lake Granbury include largemouth bass, striped bass and white bass, channel and flathead catfish, crappie and sunfish.
An elevated striped bass population was recently noted at Possum Kingdom Lake by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists, who said this was the largest number of that breed of fish present at the lake since 2003.
““We did not stock striped bass in 2016, so it was somewhat of a surprise to find quite a few striped bass belonging to that year-class in our survey work,” said fisheries biologist Robert Mauk. “We’ve seen evidence of natural reproduction in the past – not to the extent we’ve seen it in 2016 – but conditions were right for spawning to occur with a high, unimpeded flowing Brazos River.”
A TPWD report noted that the fish population features some fine specimens, with lengths ranging from 8 to 30 inches and many of legal length 18-inches and above.
The largemouth bass population has also increased, according to TPWD, with many of them of legal size at 16 inches or larger.
The future also appears bright for bass fishing at PK, Mauk said.
“There are plenty of bass just under the legal length that will grow into keepers in the near future, so things are looking up,” he said.
Like at Lake Granbury, new fish habitat has been placed at Possum Kingdom since 2013 through a partnership between TPWD, the BRA, Hells Gate Bass Club and Mineral Wells Bass Club.
Predominant species of fish found at PK include largemouth bass, white crappie, striped and white bass and channel and blue catfish.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has plenty of good things to say about Lake Limestone.
“Lake Limestone offers some of the best fishing of any central Texas lake,” according to TPWD. “Because it is located off the beaten path, anglers will find they have little competition, particularly during the week. Solitude and good fishing for many species combine to make Lake Limestone a winner.”
Natural fish habitat at Lake Limestone includes cattails, hydrilla, lily pads, pondweed, water hyacinth and willows.
Predominant species at Lake Limestone include largemouth and white bass, crappie and channel, blue and flathead catfish.
For those fishing at Lake Limestone during the summer, TPWD has some tips for success. “From May through September, bass anglers are most successful fishing off points on the main lake around vegetation or submerged timber,” according to TPWD reports. “Points bordering deep water are best. Plastic worms, spinner baits, buzz baits, and chugger type baits can all be good during summer months.”
All three BRA reservoirs offer plenty of great recreational opportunities. For more information on BRA reservoirs, go here. More information on fishing at the BRA reservoirs is available from TPWD online. For Lake Granbury, go here. For Possum Kingdom Lake, go here. For Lake Limestone, visit here.