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#10800470 - 04/27/15 11:52 AM Lake Meredith back in the day!
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Used to catch smallmouth and walleye on Meredith in the 1990s. We used to tear 'em up on clown color Suspending Rogues. Anyone else used to fish Meredith? I wonder what the drought has done to the fish population.

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#10800483 - 04/27/15 11:56 AM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Is that a 10 lber?
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#10800484 - 04/27/15 11:56 AM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Was looking at meredith water level yesterday. About 5% full. I think it had an algae bloom in recent years that killed a lot of fish. Getting good rains up there lately but not enough to fill it.

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#10800485 - 04/27/15 11:56 AM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: Fish Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Is that a 10 lber?


roflmao
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#10800502 - 04/27/15 12:04 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
Harry Dunn Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
It's low. You can put a boat in and run around but I've been told that the only fish in the lake now are catfish and carp. It's gonna take a lot of rain to get that lake back to where it was. That and Ute Lake is gonna need to help by releasing some water.
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#10800542 - 04/27/15 12:13 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
kirbydog Offline
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Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 633
Loc: Colorado/Conroe
Meredith still holds the record for largest TX smallmouth-before that the record was from Whitney.

NM took TX to court over water releases that TX was trying to force NM to make into the Canadian river that
feeds Meredith-and won in federal court. That sharply curtailed releases NM had to make from Ute and doomed
Meredith to the mud puddle it is today.

I knew a guy who used to guide on Meredith for smallies back in its heyday. Sad to see what its become.
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#10800566 - 04/27/15 12:21 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
dstidham Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 1215
Loc: amarillo,tx
Golden algae killed everything but catfish and carp. I pray it will recover in my lifetime. I grew up on that lake and have caught some good fish out of it.

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#10800597 - 04/27/15 12:28 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 2642
Loc: North Richland Hills, TX
7.93 pound smallmouth record and they used to, on rare occasions catch yellow perch out of that lake. Man I wish I could have fished it back in the day.
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#10800640 - 04/27/15 12:41 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
fishnfireman Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Amarillo
In the mid 90's the lake had a lot of water and had started getting some milfoil.. It was not much of a large mouth fishery until then. It had always been a good Walleye and small mouth lake.. Very sad to see the level it has been at for the last several years..

The way I remember the law suit Tx sued N Mex. after Ute had raised the level of the dam and won.. Which made them release extra water for several years.. When the time ran out on the extra release...Then the low rainfall amounts then a record drought.. It soon was just a mudhole that nothing but catfish and carp could live in. flush

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#10800658 - 04/27/15 12:45 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
pkskeetersr Offline
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Registered: 06/07/11
Posts: 828
I spent 18 years living on Meredith lot of five pound smallmouth and largemouth up to six pounds thumb

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#10800683 - 04/27/15 12:50 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: fishnfireman]
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Amarillo


Some old pictures..

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#10801547 - 04/27/15 05:51 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Kinda a dink, but it's the only photo I could find from when I used to fish Meredith. Also sporting the good ole tall cap. I used to hang out and fish with Kelly Jones. His passing was a sad deal.

Originally Posted By: J.P. Greeson



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#10801805 - 04/27/15 07:16 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Registered: 01/05/12
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Loc: Fritch, Tx. - Alba, Tx.
Aw yes the glory days of Meredith were good. I still live in Fritch and have been 5 minutes away from Lake Meredith for about 35 years. Last time I fished it was in 2010 and still caught a few Walleye. Rumor is that if it makes it back to 60ft. TPWD will start a restocking program. Don't know if you remember me JP but I fished next to you at a Mel Phillips tourney on Greenbelt one morning. You were split shotting purple smoke 4" senkos off the ridge as you came out of the marina you had your wife with you and I think you were in a brown Stratos. I was in a red Javelin and you showed me what you were doing you won the tourney and I placed in the top 5. Greenbelt isn't a whole lot better shape than Meredith but at least still has a few fish left in it.

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#10801920 - 04/27/15 07:39 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
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Registered: 07/29/12
Posts: 449
Loc: Orange, TX
I seem to recall that Meredith has NEVER been full.

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#10802088 - 04/27/15 08:33 PM Re: Lake Meredith back in the day! [Re: J.P. Greeson]
Marshall Lucky Offline
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Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 216
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
I can remember the lake being full, launching at Alibates and catching walleye around the Plum Creek Cove and catching crappie in Cedar Canyon. I can also remember being on the wrong side of the lake when a storm blew in.
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