That's good news. Hopefully those little fish can make it through the winter.
I think we all underestimate how much those big stripers eat. At Possum Kingdom, most of the legal size stripers went down the Brazos when the flood gates opened. But we must have had a tremendous striper spawn, as the numbers of 8-10 inch stripers are far larger than normal. In fact, it's like Texoma where every creek and slough is chock full of small stripers and sand bass. They are a little harder to catch on lures, as they sit in a cloud of bait. However, you cannot keep two poles baited with live shad.
Also, I have never seen so many shad. In the past, I would only rarely see a school of threadfins shallow. Now, I catch them with regularity with one cast. I am terrible with a cast net but getting better. Hard to miss though when you are in 4-6 feet of water and you have a thick cloud of shad bank to bank. Just drop the net and you have 6-10 dozen, far more than I can keep alive in my two five gallon bucket system.
I think the lakes will come back but it's going to take a couple years. I sure miss fishing Texoma. It was fun while it lasted.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee.