Nelson Park Lakes

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Location: Taylor County in Abilene

Fishing cover/structure: The lakes are lined with black willow trees, but there is little cover in the lakes. The lower and upper lakes have rip-rap dams.

25 acres
  Water clarity: 6 to 18 inches and green colored
  Comments: These lakes are located in the City of Abilene at Nelson Park next to the zoo. The park closes at midnight and opens at 6:00 a.m. No float tubes or boats are allowed on the lakes. However, there is good public shore fishing access. These lakes have abundant black bullhead and sunfish populations, making Nelson Park Lakes an excellent choice to take children fishing. There is also a good number of quality-sized channel catfish present in the upper lake. There is a 12-inch minimum length and 5-fish daily bag limit for channel and blue catfish. Don't overlook the upper and lower lakes for largemouth bass. Largemouth bass up to 6 pounds have been collected in past surveys. There is a "catch and release only" regulation on largemouth bass. Fishing is by pole and line only. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1991.
Distance from Abilene:
Abilene City Park Lak
Game Fish Present:
Bluegill, black bullhead catfish, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, white crappie
Lake Records:
Species: Weight: Length: Angler: Date:
Blace bullhead 0.79 10.00 Robert Leucht 06/10/95
Bluegill 0.17 6.25 Stephanie Goodwin 06/08/96
Blue catfish
Channel catfish 2.00 17.00 Deanna Carrillo 06/08/96
Common Carp 5.00 22.00 Michael Keller 06/08/96
Flathead catfish
Freshwater Drum
Goldfish 1.95 16.00 Matt Kemp 06/08/96
Green sunfish .0.22 5.75 Kyle Sloan 06/10/95
Hybrid striped bass
Largemouth bass
Longear sunfish 0.14 5.00 B.J. Hernandez 06/08/96
Rainbow trout 0.35 10.00 Miguel Sanchez 12/04/93
Red Bellied Pacu        
Smallmouth Buffalo        
White bass        
White crappie        

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