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#11271915 - 12/09/15 09:44 AM Hide A Way lakes
Vette1125 Offline
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Registered: 04/27/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Hideaway, TX
Looking at a home on Hide A Way lakes in Lindale. Anyone know anything about the fishing on the three lakes there? Are there any clubs, fishing conditions etc.

Thanks
Chuck
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#11273682 - 12/10/15 06:59 AM Re: Hide A Way lakes [Re: Vette1125]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1269
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Originally Posted By: Vette1125
Looking at a home on Hide A Way lakes in Lindale. Anyone know anything about the fishing on the three lakes there? Are there any clubs, fishing conditions etc.

Thanks
Chuck


Well...not anymore, but was a time I stocked fish in those lakes. Back in the eighties, from the old D&B Fish Farm. Back in the day it was a pretty good fishin' hole. I've seen such places decline, and come back strong again, based only on the presence, or lack of, a motivating person like a new owner.

Just about any water body can be managed for a fishery, I know that this one has been in the past, may still be, and if not could be again.

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#11382374 - 01/31/16 03:43 PM Re: Hide A Way lakes [Re: Vette1125]
Bois d'arc Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
Posts: 1358
Heard the lakes had been grossly mismanaged in the past. Claims were made that septic sewage had seeped into at least one of them and tainted the water and fish. Can't verify all this ....just sayin'.

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#11429662 - 02/21/16 09:48 PM Re: Hide A Way lakes [Re: Fishbreeder]
LukeAnderson Offline
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Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 157
Loc: Grapevine,TX
Where was the old D&B fish farm?
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#11430262 - 02/22/16 09:09 AM Re: Hide A Way lakes [Re: LukeAnderson]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1269
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Originally Posted By: ChiefLA3
Where was the old D&B fish farm?


The farm was located about 7 miles East of Crockett and about 2 miles off SH 21.

During my time there I helped develop a new and superior strain of blue catfish, known in the industry as the "D&B" blue catfish. If you've eaten US Farm Raised catfish from the grocery or in a restaurant, its likely you have tasted fish derived from that strain as one half of the hybrid used nowadays.

Overton Fisheries carries the pure strain D&B blues and is the only place I know of to get them. The strain has been tested upside down and backwards by universities in Mississippi and Arkansas, and continues to outperform any other catfish out there.

While I was there we produced the majority of the fish we stocked (unlike most "fish farms" nowadays that are merely brokers for fish produced elsewhere) which included over 21 species.

The owner, Cecil Deauman, was a true pioneer of aquaculture in Texas.

D&B Fish Farms no longer exists, even the ponds have been returned to pastures as fish farming is all but illegal in Texas now. But it was there once and so was I.

I still raise my own fish for the most part and continue to develop new strains, especially for largemouth bass. Most of my projects are very large.

Those of you looking to stock ponds with quality fish raised in Texas for Texas lakes and ponds could do a lot worse than Overton Fisheries. Todd Overton produces much of his fish for sale himself and makes available several what he calls "signature strains" of high quality stocker fish. There are a few others out there that raise their own strains of high quality fish, myself, Bob Waldrop at Tyler Fish Farms and a few others, but most just broker fish from out of state, a lot of which are not the best strains for the purpose.

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#11504389 - 03/27/16 03:41 PM Re: Hide A Way lakes [Re: Fishbreeder]
shoalwater18 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 191
Loc: Tyler, Texas
Don't know about the lakes, but the property owner's association is a prickly lot. Major PIA to deal with on construction projects.

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