Lake McCarty

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Location: Shackelford County near Albany

Fishing cover/structure: There is an abundance of rocky structure with points, ledges and a rip-rap dam. When the lake is full, some brush, black willow trees, buttonbush and floating-leaf pondweed are scattered around the lake. The upper ends of each arm have the most fishing cover.

188 acres
  Water clarity: 1 to 3 feet and chalky green colored
  Comments: An access fee is required, and the lake closes at 10 p.m. and opens at sunrise. There is no entrance gate. There are no improved boat ramps, but boats can be launched at the spillway and on the north side midway down the lake. Lake McCarty was renovated in 1980 and stocked with Florida largemouth bass. The lake is known for big-bass fishing, and 10-pound bass are not uncommon. Bluegill are common but not abundant. There are some black crappie, but white crappie are more numerous. Crappie fishing can be exceptional in the early spring and fall along rocky shorelines at the upper ends of both arms and near the tower at the dam. Catfish populations are average for area lakes. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1981.
Distance from Abilene:
45 miles
Game Fish Present:
bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, large mouth bass, white crappie
Lake Records: (as of March 1, 1996)
Species: Weight: Length: Angler: Date:
Blue catfish        
Flathead catfish        
Hybrid striped bass        
Largemouth bass 11.11 24.88 Paul Jaworski 04/16/96
White bass        
White crappie        
Black crappie 1.48 13.25 Lee Buchanan 03/08/91
Smallmouth buffalo        

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