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#10928165 - 06/19/15 11:25 AM Wheeler branch
arlnitro14 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/10
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Anyone have any tips for Wheeler Branch? Trying to plan a trip down there
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#10928280 - 06/19/15 12:20 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
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Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 1834
Loc: Hurst, Texas
Take lots of cash. Wheeler Branch has outrageous non-resident entrance fees.
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#10928289 - 06/19/15 12:24 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
arlnitro14 Offline
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really? I heard it was like 15 bucks
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#10928324 - 06/19/15 12:46 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
buton Offline
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Registered: 05/28/10
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Loc: Cypress,Tx
25 to launch boat
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#10928605 - 06/19/15 03:01 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
JimmyP Offline
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Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
It is $25 to launch boat and that includes 1 occupant and $8 dollars for non-resident after that. So $33 for 2 people to fish it. And it doesn't open till 8 o'clock. Lake is trolling motor only, not an idle only lake or no wake lake. But you can catch a few fish there. Just make sure your trolling motor batteries are charged good.


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#10928734 - 06/19/15 03:44 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
arlnitro14 Offline
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Thanks. I am wanting to take the yak down there. Didnt realize it was so pricey though
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#10928741 - 06/19/15 03:46 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
Nathan "Bull" Montgomery Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth, Tx.
If you take your yak launch fee should only be $8.

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#10929293 - 06/19/15 08:48 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
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Registered: 11/21/08
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Loc: somervell county
Entrance Fee (Per Person)
Somervell County Residents
$4
GRISD students (w/school ID) & Children
$2
Somervell County Residents over 65
Free
Non-Somervell County Adults
$8
Non Somervell County Children under 13 years of age
$4
Boat Fee (per trailered watercraft)
and one occupant
Somervell County Residents
$10
Non-Somervell County Residents
$25
Canoes/Kayaks
Free
ANNUAL PERMITS
Somervell County Residents Only
Individual $50
Family $100
Boats $200
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#10931548 - 06/21/15 01:55 PM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
phototex Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
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Loc: Coppell, TX
Also - the park opens at 7:00 a.m.
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#10932328 - 06/22/15 07:38 AM Re: Wheeler branch [Re: arlnitro14]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1034
Loc: Texas
The lake is about 180 acres and it fishes "small" meaning that I just don't think there'd be room for more than about 10 boats and maybe another 10 kayaks/canoes at any given time. I think they only allow 15 boats on the water, boats not kayaks, at a time. Once the water warms up, on weekends the swimmers more or less do away with fishing opportunities from the boat launch around the swimming platform to the fishing pier and a bit beyond. Bank fisherman can work beyond that point around to the north and west to find some opportunities. And, the lake has 5 coves, as I recall, none are particularly large and if there were more than 2 boats in most of them, they'd be dodging around each other if they were trolling. Then both sides of the spillway, there is only room for a couple of boats. The little rock island? Room for a couple of boats and/or kayaks to work its edges. After that, there are a few other areas like banks to fish . . . then deep water.

I think they have it priced about right to gain full capacity. Gosh, if they ever dropped the entrance fees significantly and allowed power boating, that lake would devolve into a mess very quickly.

Brad

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