Water Critical for Fish Stockings
Galen Jons, Fisheries Biologist
Although recent rains have brought much-needed moisture to the area, they have not been enough to replenish most local lakes. Still, some of our lakes are doing fine thanks to heavy rains earlier in the year. Also, due to timely rainfall, there is less water being used by communities for things like watering lawns. And then there is the ever-popular Lake Kirby. Although this lake has received very little water from rainfall, it has risen steadily since last fall when the city of Abilene began pumping reclaimed water into the lake. This has helped maintain a lake level where we can continue stocking fish, in hopes that the lake will fill to near capacity in the next year or two and create a fantastic fishery.
During spring of 2001, we stocked forage fish such as bluegill, fathead
minnows, silversides (ghost) minnows and golden shiners into Lake Kirby.
We also stocked saugeye fry and equal numbers of blue and channel catfish
fingerlings. During spring of 2002, we stocked threadfin shad, white crappie
and largemouth bass, along with another dose of saugeye. Next year we
will stock flathead catfish. We didn't want to stock the flatheads too
soon as they may eat most of the fish we are stocking now!
Lakes E.V. Spence and Colorado City have been at the top of the list for receiving stocked fish. However, as of this week, the water in both lakes is still too toxic to allow stocking. In case you hadn't heard, this toxicity stems from the Golden Algae blooms that have decimated the two lakes over the last few months. The lakes will be stocked when the water quality has returned to normal and fish are available.
We also have a number of other lakes that we had planned to stock,
but cannot do so because of low water levels. These include lakes such
as Abilene, Baird, Clyde, Daniel and several other smaller lakes. Unfortunately,
these lakes have not received enough runoff from rainfall to make stocking
a viable option. Although these lakes have water and are supporting adult
fish populations, stocking fish in them now would be a waste. The stocked
fish would likely get eaten immediately by adult fish that are left in
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
5325 N. 3rd
Abilene, TX 79603
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