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#12514610 - 11/24/17 07:20 AM Tilapia From Lewisville
DaBears Offline
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Registered: 02/21/13
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My friend and I were walking a creek off Lewisville yesterday and he pulled in, what I initially thought was a large bluegill from a distance, until I got a closer look.

I have heard of them being caught on rare occasions but this was the first I had seen.



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#12514616 - 11/24/17 07:29 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
Sumfish Offline
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Fly-fishing, jigging or how? Hope you gutted it instead of CPR. Eat or use for bait.
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#12514624 - 11/24/17 07:34 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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It was caught while jigging for crappie. We did take it from the lake and ate it.

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#12514639 - 11/24/17 07:47 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
Brad R Offline
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It actually looks like a bluegill to me, a very nice one!

The tilapia on Squaw Creek, a warm-water power plant lake, are blue tilapia, best adaptable of that group to water temps down to the mid-40s. Someone could drop tilapia into a creek or stream or the lake itself in Lewisville . . . but they shouldn't survive a normal winter.

Tilapia on Squaw Creek are often being caught well over 3 pounds.

Note the shape and size of its dorsal fin, the tail fin from photo of a blue tilapia from Squaw below.

Brad


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#12514649 - 11/24/17 07:53 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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That is definitely a tilapia. I'm glad you killed it. They definitely shouldn't be there.
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#12514666 - 11/24/17 08:08 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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Definitely a Tilapia. Doesn't surprise me that you caught it.. People let all kinds of fish go in the lakes around here.
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#12514695 - 11/24/17 08:36 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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I have seen plenty of them posted from waters in south Texas, was shocked to see that one could survive the waters further North.

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#12514698 - 11/24/17 08:38 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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Originally Posted By: DaBears
I have seen plenty of them posted from waters in south Texas, was shocked to see that one could survive the waters further North.
It was probably released during the Spring/Summer. From what I understand, they can grow really fast. The water got into the 40s a couple of time last winter and it wouldn't have been able to survive that.
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#12514701 - 11/24/17 08:42 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: fishin'aholic2]
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There are a couple of ponds/canals on the east side of the lake, in a housing area. They are FULL of tilapia!! If it ever flooded, water runs straight into the lake.

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#12514828 - 11/24/17 11:27 AM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
Mike Keenan Offline
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Originally Posted By: DaBears
My friend and I were walking a creek off Lewisville yesterday and he pulled in, what I initially thought was a large bluegill from a distance, until I got a closer look.

I have heard of them being caught on rare occasions but this was the first I had seen.





That up in Pecan (poo) creek? That background looks familiar
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#12514874 - 11/24/17 12:31 PM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: Mike Keenan]
DaBears Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mike Keenan
Originally Posted By: DaBears
My friend and I were walking a creek off Lewisville yesterday and he pulled in, what I initially thought was a large bluegill from a distance, until I got a closer look.

I have heard of them being caught on rare occasions but this was the first I had seen.





That up in Pecan (poo) creek? That background looks familiar




Yup! Good eye

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#12515130 - 11/24/17 06:18 PM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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You guys catch any crappie.

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#12515155 - 11/24/17 06:43 PM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
Brad R Offline
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I could see them growing rapidly over a single year, then maybe surviving a mild winter. Eventually, no, they are tropical. My daughter and a neighbor had a private pond in Waxahachie and they could buy tilapia to wipe out vegetation. Voracious eaters, for sure. Then, they'd die.


Edited by Brad R (11/24/17 06:44 PM)

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#12515284 - 11/24/17 08:49 PM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: Grainraiser]
DaBears Offline
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Originally Posted By: Grainraiser
You guys catch any crappie.



Not a single one! Put a few miles on our legs and tried casting everything we had.

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#12515369 - 11/24/17 10:00 PM Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears]
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I have caught a lot of Tilapia this year while fishing for Bluegill. Caught all of them on live night crawlers. Good eating fish. thumb
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