Lake Weatherford will probably be closer for me than Arlington or Joe Pool, so I would like to learn more about it.
Lake Weatherford is a water reservoir for the city of Weatherford. The lake was impounded in 1957 and has a chequered fishing history. At one time it was known far and wide for large crappie and bluegill. The lake was covered with aquatic vegetation which provided habitat. Then in 1990 TPWD stocked the lake with 1100 grass carp, which ate every trace of the vegetation and completely destroyed the fishery. The carp slowly died off and the fishing improved but the vegetation never recovered.
The marina crappie house saw large numbers of good sized fish caught. Around 2004 the city officials became unhappy with the lease holders for the marina and put the lease up for bids. As a provision of the new lease the existing boat slips had to be torn down and a larger number of new slips constructed. Unfortunately there was simply no way the boat slips would fit with the crappie house in its then location. The crappie house was moved to its present location around 2006. The fishing suffered another blow and has never returned to the glory days. The boat slips where the crappie house once stood are prized fishing locations. Many of the local fishermen have never forgiven me for my part in moving the crappie house.
The slack was taken up by huge runs of large white bass. Catching a limit of large white bass was no problem.
Another milestone was the decision of the utility board to allow the lake to fluctuate in depth by nine feet. At its lowest depth the crappie house is in very shallow water. The lake level was refilled from time to time with water pumped from Lake Benbrook. The yellow bass was introduced into the lake via the pumps. The yellow bass wiped out the white bass population in a matter of three to four years.
So where are we now? The lake is full. Good catches of crappie are being caught in the crappie house and under the deeper docks. Bluegill can be caught in the spring and summer in the wall area and in the city parks. Big black bass are available. Yellow bass are abundant. Although the lake will probably never be as good as it once was it is still a good fishery.