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Tilapia From Lewisville #12514610
11/24/17 01:20 PM
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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.



Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514616
11/24/17 01:29 PM
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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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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514624
11/24/17 01:34 PM
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It was caught while jigging for crappie. We did take it from the lake and ate it.

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514639
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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


Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514649
11/24/17 01:53 PM
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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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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514666
11/24/17 02:08 PM
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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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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514695
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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.

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514698
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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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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: fishin'aholic2] #12514701
11/24/17 02:42 PM
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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.

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12514828
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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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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: Mike Keenan] #12514874
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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

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12515130
11/25/17 12:18 AM
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You guys catch any crappie.

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12515155
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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.

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Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: Grainraiser] #12515284
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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.

Re: Tilapia From Lewisville [Re: DaBears] #12515369
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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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