That area below the dam works kind of like an ideal holding pond to fatten up those stripers with the rainbow trout, and they then are able to grow to monster status, and then TPWD comes along and takes them out and transplants them back into the lake with the stunted ones that aren't so lucky, and so that the striper tournaments have fish to catch and brag about.
Works like a charm!
I've often wondered when they hold those striper tournaments that they don't allow fishing for them below the dam as well. Maybe a seperate category, but it would help TPWD remove them from the river and they could tag them or release them into the lake after they are weighed. It would be better than shocking them up and removing all of them at once.
Seems that would add to the fun!