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#12675793 - 03/16/18 11:22 AM Redfish in Lake Bryan
Sunfish Fly Offline
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Registered: 01/14/08
Posts: 2039
Loc: Dallas, Texas
I was looking at the stocking history for Lake Bryan on the TPWD website and was shocked to see they have been stocking hundreds of thousands of redfish fingerlings for the past 3 years. I tried to do a little research to see if anyone has actually caught some as they should be at a catch-able size now but can't find anything. Does anyone know of if people have been catching them or if they even survived stocking. Any information will be helpful as I'm about to make it my mission to catch one before I graduate in May.
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#12675803 - 03/16/18 11:28 AM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Bug-e Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 604
Loc: College Station, TX
Very interesting. I hope someone in the know responds. I've only met a few people who bass fish out there on a semi-regular basis. The place seems to be dominated with bank fisherman seeking prey for the frying pan...not your typical TFF posters.

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#12675825 - 03/16/18 11:43 AM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Sunfish Fly Offline
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Loc: Dallas, Texas
Yeah not really expecting anyone here to know anything, but there's always the chance. If I get lucky and end up catching one I'll be sure to post a report.
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#12677066 - 03/17/18 09:43 AM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
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Loc: somervell county
Does Lake Bryan's power plant generate continually or intermittently as so many plants have gone to? If so I would guess the fish would just die during winter shut dows. Would be a waste of money by the state to stock them so they could freeze to death. (State waste money?! laugh )
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#12677104 - 03/17/18 10:22 AM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
BNKrust Offline
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Registered: 06/20/01
Posts: 3238
Loc: Mansfield, TX USA
Wow. I used to catch some fish out there when I was at A&M, but I don't see how the lake could maintain a decent population of reds. Of all the lakes to stock with them........
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#12677497 - 03/17/18 07:12 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
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Lake Bryan stocking history
https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/action/stock_bywater.php?WB_code=0886

2013 Fisheries Management Report for Lake Bryan
https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/lake_survey/pwd_rp_t3200_1257_2013.pdf

For further information:
College Station-Houston
Mark Webb
District Supervisor
P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
mark.webb@tpwd.texas.gov
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#12677550 - 03/17/18 07:52 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Rayzor Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
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Loc: Magnolia, Texas
I have more than once scratched my head as to TPWD's stocking choices. The only lake that I believe could possibly maintain a redfish population is Fayette County. But since it is a coal fired plant, I am not sure about FCL's generating future either.
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#12677711 - 03/17/18 10:04 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Kevin D. Offline
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Registered: 04/10/15
Posts: 127
Loc: Bryan, TX
I spoke to a local game warden who told me about it. Even he had no idea if anyone was catching them.
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#12677722 - 03/17/18 10:08 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Lee Finlay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/17
Posts: 130
Loc: Irving, Tx
I'm headed that way next week. I might stop by and try my luck.

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#12677754 - 03/17/18 10:39 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Jobie99 Offline
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Registered: 10/14/03
Posts: 762
Loc: San Antonio, TX
They have reds in Braunig and Calveras on he south side of San Antonio. They’re both power plant lakes.

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#12678156 - 03/18/18 12:35 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
Sunfish Fly Offline
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Registered: 01/14/08
Posts: 2039
Loc: Dallas, Texas
I sent Mark an email, hopefully he knows something. If anyone is interested in targeting them sometime soon PM me.
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#12680147 - 03/19/18 03:54 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: pocfishin]
Bug-e Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 604
Loc: College Station, TX
Originally Posted By: pocfishin


Holy smokes! I hope they know what they are doing.

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#12680160 - 03/19/18 03:59 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: pocfishin]
Bug-e Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 604
Loc: College Station, TX
Originally Posted By: pocfishin

Lake Bryan stocking history
https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/action/stock_bywater.php?WB_code=0886

2013 Fisheries Management Report for Lake Bryan
https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/lake_survey/pwd_rp_t3200_1257_2013.pdf

For further information:
College Station-Houston
Mark Webb
District Supervisor
P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
mark.webb@tpwd.texas.gov
Find College Station Fisheries Management on Facebook


Thanks for posting this. The lake is supplied by well water and it sounds like that water is somewhat salty. I guess that's the justification. I wonder if there will be enough forage to support the fish. The report suggests that overall fish abundance is a little bleak.

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#12680186 - 03/19/18 04:12 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
hoggwild Offline
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Registered: 01/16/09
Posts: 1399
Loc: Outskirts of College Station
Lake is so malnurished that nothing grows to size. Your average bass is 14-16”. Catfish not much larger than 12-14”. Only thing that strives is carp. I havent seen tilapia caught in several years. The plant barely keeps the water above 50° during winter months. Id give those redfish about a .00001% chance of making it. They should just restock fairfield...

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#12684547 - 03/22/18 12:40 PM Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly]
TXfisherman12 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/12
Posts: 360
Loc: Sugar Land, TX
A similar post came up a few months back. Hook-line-n-sinker on TFF knows some history about reds in that lake. Send him a IM.
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