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#1933855 - 02/01/08 09:59 AM Tilapia
DarksideDon Offline
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Registered: 01/16/08
Posts: 11
Is there Tilapia fishing close to Austin?

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#1935136 - 02/01/08 05:10 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: DarksideDon]
queso1 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 7
I have heard Gibbons Creek has them - but thats a ways from Austin.

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#1935247 - 02/01/08 06:07 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: queso1]
Robert R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 1820
Loc: Central Texas
We have them in our neighborhood pond in Kyle, but they don't bite much. A friend I was fishing with caught one that weighed about 2 lbs on a senko. They die from the cold and after the first big cold front of the year, they are floating everywhere. I saw some floaters that probably weighed close to 4. I had another friend catch a 4+ when we were bass fishing in Mexico at El Salto. It bit a carnkbait and was a real slab.


Edited by Robert R (02/01/08 06:08 PM)

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#1945622 - 02/05/08 04:29 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: Robert R]
GoArmy Offline
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Registered: 09/11/02
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Loc: Dallas, TX.
Fairfield Lake is supposed to have them.
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#1945777 - 02/05/08 05:17 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: GoArmy]
steve hummert Offline
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Loc: Grandview, TX.
Most of the power plant lakes have them...Fairfield, Gibbons Creek, Fayette, that I know of, and Calaveras and Braunig as well, I believe.
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#1946244 - 02/05/08 07:01 PM Re: Tilapia [Re: steve hummert]
Tmac Offline
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Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 167
Loc: bryan,tx.
Gibbons Creek has thousands of them. Caught 100 last Saturday.

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#1946922 - 02/06/08 04:46 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: Tmac]
LooptyLoop Offline
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Registered: 08/09/07
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Loc: Corpus Christi, TX (Flour Bluf...
I caught one at fayette on a shallow crank bait. Though I dont like them, many resurants serve them. They are alright blackened or with a ponchatrain sauce. I heard that if you catch one your possed to kill it or you can get ticket. They are ivasive species and are hurting other native species.
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#1947049 - 02/06/08 05:51 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: LooptyLoop]
Meadowlark Offline
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Registered: 11/04/04
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Loc: East Texas
Originally Posted By: LooptyLoop
They are ivasive species and are hurting other native species.


LooptyLoop,

I'm curious to know just what other native species they are hurting? I'd love to read any scientific evidence which proves they are hurting native species. In Mexico, the best LMB lakes have Tilapia and provide outstanding bass fishing.

My anecdotal experience says that in Fairfield where they survive year around, you can catch some of the best BG anywhere. In my ponds, where Tilapia do not survive year around but have been stocked every year for 8 years, they actually significantly benefit the BG, LMB, and water quality in the ponds.

Looking forward to reading the evidence that Tilapia hurt native species.


Edited by Meadowlark (02/06/08 05:52 AM)

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#1947069 - 02/06/08 06:02 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: Meadowlark]
croakerdrowner Offline
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Registered: 01/31/08
Posts: 162
The kill part is that if you are going to remove it from the lake you have to gut the fish immediately even before it goes in an ice chest. Same with a grass carp. TPWD does not want the fish in certain lakes because of their diet and TPWD's stocking efforts. You can catch and release all you want.

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#1947084 - 02/06/08 06:05 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: Meadowlark]
HookDog02 Offline
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Registered: 04/07/05
Posts: 385
Loc: Killeen, Tx
San Marcos River has a ton of them. if You park in the parking lot with the wooden play ground and follow the path to the left cross the little wood bridge, as soon as you cross the bridge there is another path to the left follow it until you start to see Tilapia (big ones) i use to get them with my cast net, because i could never get them to bite any bait.

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#1947094 - 02/06/08 06:11 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: HookDog02]
TIM CLINE Offline
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Registered: 12/12/03
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Loc: Texoma
Would someone please post a copy of the law that says you have to gut or kill any invasive species form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site. I can not seem to find it. I hear people say this all time yet I have never read it in the rules.

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#1947131 - 02/06/08 06:22 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: GoArmy]
Holzer Offline
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Registered: 11/09/03
Posts: 4796
Loc: Boerne, Texas
Originally Posted By: evv59
Fairfield Lake is supposed to have them.


Fairfield has them.

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#1947165 - 02/06/08 06:32 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: Meadowlark]
PvilleAngler Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 712
Loc: Austin
Originally Posted By: Meadowlark
Originally Posted By: LooptyLoop
They are ivasive species and are hurting other native species.


LooptyLoop,

I'm curious to know just what other native species they are hurting? I'd love to read any scientific evidence which proves they are hurting native species. In Mexico, the best LMB lakes have Tilapia and provide outstanding bass fishing.

My anecdotal experience says that in Fairfield where they survive year around, you can catch some of the best BG anywhere. In my ponds, where Tilapia do not survive year around but have been stocked every year for 8 years, they actually significantly benefit the BG, LMB, and water quality in the ponds.

Looking forward to reading the evidence that Tilapia hurt native species.


Why take a chance? Tilipia are junk fish anyway. They grow extremely quick, have no taste, and are non-native. Very often when someone introduces a non-native species of anything it has bad consequences. For example fire ants, water lilies, nutria, kudzu, starlings, the list goes on and on. Although they were introduced for different reasons all these species had severe consequences on native species.

At least nutria tastes better than tilipia.

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#1947178 - 02/06/08 06:35 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: PvilleAngler]
PvilleAngler Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 712
Loc: Austin
This is as close as I can find while I am at work.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/exotic/

For more information, contact Joedy Gray, (512) 389-8037.

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#1947222 - 02/06/08 06:48 AM Re: Tilapia [Re: PvilleAngler]
water_surge Offline
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Registered: 08/24/05
Posts: 8462
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: PvilleAngler

They grow extremely quick, have no taste, and are non-native.
At least nutria tastes better than tilipia.


I bid you differ on this. I have had Tilapia many times and it is very tasty fish. As far as Nutria, you go ahead and keep eating those things sick
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