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#11745212 - 07/27/16 02:21 PM !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!!
big D Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 153
Loc: Brookshire, TX
I received a call back from Niki Ragan, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist regarding the future stocking of hybrid striped bass in Lake Somerville.

Texas Parks & Wildlife performed lake studies and reached out in local papers asking for hybrid striper anglers to contact them if they fish for hybrid striper. They did not receive one letter, one email, or come in contact with a single hybrid striper angler during lake studies. The biologist informed me that Lake Somerville is currently off the hybrid striper stocking list due to the lack of anglers fishing for them.

Please see the attached email and send a hand written letter, send an email, and call to show your interest in the hardest fighting freshwater fish in
Texas. I want to flood them with letters, calls, and emails until we are placed back on the list!!!

Thanks & God Bless!!!!

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#11745226 - 07/27/16 02:31 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
J-Moe Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 2418
Loc: Brenham, TX
Done, I sent an email.

Thanks

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#11745872 - 07/27/16 09:01 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
BBFISH Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 15
done :))))))

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#11746314 - 07/28/16 08:50 AM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
Coolshot Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/10/14
Posts: 213
Loc: Bryan, Texas
Done!! Email Sent

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#11746638 - 07/28/16 11:32 AM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
hook-line&sinker Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 8861
Loc: Bryan, Texas
I was involved in a small way with the first request TPWD made for comment to survey the utilization of the hybrid stockings at lake Somerville.. and yes there were very few replies to their request. This is a good group of people and they work very hard to ensure the health of the fisheries through-out the state. That being said TPWD needs angler comments to back up the hard data which they collect. Hybrid striper stocking is based on certain criteria that several Texas lakes meet. The hatchery rearing hybrids has a variable number of stockers each year and TPWD wants to ensure that their stocking efforts are not wasted. Lake Somerville has been stocked regularly with hybrids since the 70's and has proven to be a rich fishery capable of good growth rates and sustained harvesting. Many other lakes would benefit from hybrid stocking but there is only so many fish to go around... This is when your opinion and voice needs to be heard if you want to have any influence on TPWD decision making process..
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#11746774 - 07/28/16 12:48 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
hook-line&sinker Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 8861
Loc: Bryan, Texas
a note to the biologist:


Fly Fishermen will spend lots of money and travel hundreds of miles to catch a cold water trout but not so much for warm water bass. The one exception to this rule might be the striper and/or hybrid striper in Texas rivers and tailrace.

I’ve got many FishTales videos of hybrid striper fly fishing in the Lake Somerville spillway covering this year and last. The high water from the flooding set up the tailrace as one of the premiere hybrid striper fishing destinations in all of Central Texas. Most weekends are thick with fishermen lining the rocks and downstream banks fishing for hybrid stripers, whitebass and catfish. Weekdays are a little less crowded and often more productive.

Needless to say an absence of the hybrid stripers in the Lake Somerville tailrace would influence those fishermen making a long journey but I suspect many of those people are local and fishing for dinner and not just for sport.

Another issue I would like to approach is the management of the spillway fishing as the lake gets back to normal level and the water release from the dam is reduced and eventually cut off completely. I have every reason to believe that this September will be just like last September when the release from the lake stopped and the whole creek turned over (O2 depletion) resulting in a massive fish kill.

I’ve talked to the Corp of Engineers and their rules of operation do not allow for them to prevent this fish kill probability by continuing a marginal release from the lake into Yegua creek below. What can TPWD do in these special circumstances? Can bag limits and length limits be adjusted to promote a wholesale harvest of these fish before another fish kill? I just hate to see all that fish go to waste again when it could be on someone’s dinner table..
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#11746783 - 07/28/16 12:52 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
jsinn01 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 1165
Loc: Austin, TX
Email sent.

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#11747139 - 07/28/16 04:26 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
J-Moe Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 2418
Loc: Brenham, TX
Keep spreading the word to all your fishing buddies. I've got several of my friends to send emails. Flood their inbox with emails.

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#11748245 - 07/29/16 09:31 AM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
FishinAg02 Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/21/02
Posts: 289
Loc: Katy, TX
email sent.
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#11748707 - 07/29/16 01:37 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
big D Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 153
Loc: Brookshire, TX
TP&W has received several emails!!!

Keep it up guys!!!

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#11749149 - 07/29/16 05:39 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
brucevannguyen Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 538
Loc: Houston,TX
Sent
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#11749446 - 07/29/16 08:56 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
GC2656 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/28/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Fayette County
Thanks for the heads up on the Hybrid stocking big D. Email sent!

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#11751232 - 07/31/16 09:18 AM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
J-Moe Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 2418
Loc: Brenham, TX
bump

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#11751542 - 07/31/16 01:10 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
TXfisherman12 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/12/12
Posts: 278
Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Email sent this afternoon. TPWD routinely has to make difficult decisions, such as this, so I echo with what Big D is saying - there can never be enough replies from concerned fishermen to reverse their decision.
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#11753334 - 08/01/16 02:08 PM Re: !!! SOMERVILLE NEEDS YOUR HELP - HYBRID STOCKING !!! [Re: big D]
big D Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 153
Loc: Brookshire, TX
GOOD NEWS!!!!

Thanks for your help and support!!!


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