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#10913665 - 06/12/15 04:48 PM Eels in Texoma?
uncle_bagster Offline
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Anyone know if eels are caught in Lake Texoma, or on the Washita above the lake?

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#10914233 - 06/12/15 10:18 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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I'm checking with my dad.he lives up there and fish's the area his entire life.

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#10914268 - 06/12/15 10:41 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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I'm pretty sure there are eels in the lake I have caught several in the tail race below the dam over the years.don't see why they would not be in the lake also.
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#10914472 - 06/13/15 07:21 AM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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My grandpa supposedly caught them many years ago in the red above texoma. However, eels must travel to the sargasso sea to spawn, and the young then migrate back up the rivers. Texoma was impounded in 1944, meaning any eels above the dam would be over 71 years old. That's unlikely given the oldest captured in the wild was 43 years. Any up there now would've had to be released upstream from the dam.
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#10914636 - 06/13/15 09:34 AM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Catfish_Hunter
My grandpa supposedly caught them many years ago in the red above texoma. However, eels must travel to the sargasso sea to spawn, and the young then migrate back up the rivers. Texoma was impounded in 1944, meaning any eels above the dam would be over 71 years old. That's unlikely given the oldest captured in the wild was 43 years. Any up there now would've had to be released upstream from the dam.


Weird fish, them eels.....

I'd say there's at least a chance that some eels managed to get around the dam, either in other streams and moved across watersheds during flooding, or through other means of transport. If the crazy fish can spawn in the Sargasso Sea, along with their identical cousins, the European eel, then the babies separate out and go East or West as the case for each species demands, then they might just be smart enough to figure out how to get across some of those dams. However, I'm certain that they'd be a rarity rather than just a curiosity in such places.

Fishing for eels above Texoma would likely prove an exercise in futility.

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#10914926 - 06/13/15 01:14 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
Fritz423 Offline
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Uhhh, I'm not sure about that.

I caught eels in Medina Lake back in the 80's. Pretty far from the Sargasso Sea.
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#10914957 - 06/13/15 01:38 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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Dang! I hate being wrong.

http://www.etec.coop/_documents/LakeLivingston/LL_LicAppl_Draft%20APEA%20in%20lieu%20of%20ExhibitE_033009%5BAttachment%20D%5D.pdf
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#10914966 - 06/13/15 01:45 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
bowfin Offline
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I caught an eel in the old lake dallas about 40 years ago.

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#10915031 - 06/13/15 02:42 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
ChuChu1 Offline
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When I was in high school in the 60's, I caught an eel on rod and reel at Luling out of the San Marcos River. Slimy dude.
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#10915506 - 06/13/15 07:43 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: Fritz423]
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Originally Posted By: Fritz423
Dang! I hate being wrong.

http://www.etec.coop/_documents/LakeLivingston/LL_LicAppl_Draft%20APEA%20in%20lieu%20of%20ExhibitE_033009%5BAttachment%20D%5D.pdf



So did you catch one or not?

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#10915600 - 06/13/15 08:26 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
ALLANGT Offline
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We caught one out of a pond in Grand Prairie around 87/88. Nasty slimey thing. Hit a clump of dead night crawlers.
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#10915781 - 06/13/15 10:09 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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Lake Lavon record American eel: Caught July 5, 2005 by Michael Thiehoff using dead shad. Wt. 4.30 39.00 inches.
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#10916115 - 06/14/15 08:21 AM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
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I have caught them in elm fork below Lewisville dam on shad gizzards. Nasty things.
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#10916735 - 06/14/15 03:53 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: Muzzlebrake]
Po Boy Offline
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As a kid we Frog Gigged in farm ponds, a few of those ponds were full of eels. They had to be reproducing in those ponds. There must be different species of eels.

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#10916787 - 06/14/15 04:30 PM Re: Eels in Texoma? [Re: uncle_bagster]
Dude Lebowski Offline
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The Anguillidae are a family of fishes that contains the freshwater eels. The 19 species and six subspecies in this family are all in genus Anguilla. They are catadromous, meaning they spend their lives in freshwater rivers, lakes, or estuaries, and return to the ocean to spawn.

That's all I got. bolt
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