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Redfish in Lake Bryan #12675793 03/16/18 04:22 PM
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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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Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly] #12675803 03/16/18 04:28 PM
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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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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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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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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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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:
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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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Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly] #12677711 03/18/18 03:04 AM
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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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Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly] #12677722 03/18/18 03:08 AM
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I'm headed that way next week. I might stop by and try my luck.

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They have reds in Braunig and Calveras on he south side of San Antonio. They’re both power plant lakes.

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I sent Mark an email, hopefully he knows something. If anyone is interested in targeting them sometime soon PM me.


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Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: pocfishin] #12680147 03/19/18 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: pocfishin


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

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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:
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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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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 50ฐ during winter months. Id give those redfish about a .00001% chance of making it. They should just restock fairfield...


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Re: Redfish in Lake Bryan [Re: Sunfish Fly] #12684547 03/22/18 05:40 PM
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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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