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Need locations and dates for American Eels #13714572 09/28/20 11:33 PM
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We're working on a project to document where eels have been collected or seen in Texas and neighbor states. If you know of an eel occurrence please post details here. If you have a photo all the better. All of these will eventually go up on the Fishes of Texas Project website. To learn more about this eel project you can visit (https://sites.cns.utexas.edu/hendricksonlab/american-eel).

Re: Need locations and dates for American Eels [Re: TNHC] #13726207 10/10/20 04:54 PM
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Does 1983 count? I caught a few while fishing below the Dennison Dam while on a trip. Kept getting my line snagged when I got a bite on some minnows while bottom fishing. Finally got one to the bank and realized what it was that was causing my line to get hung up so much. It was about 12-14" long best I remember. The water was not being released from the dam at the time. They did have a short release later in the evening near dark. But it didn't have any affect on the eels after they shut the water off that night. Or the next morning. Finally figured out we couldn't fish minnows on the bottom due to this.


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Re: Need locations and dates for American Eels [Re: TNHC] #13729337 10/13/20 04:12 AM
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Two years ago TPWD caught one in Brushy Creek while conducting a fish population survey.

https://twitter.com/tpwdfish/status/1058112948617576448

Re: Need locations and dates for American Eels [Re: McKinneyLonghorn] #13741083 10/23/20 02:42 PM
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Thanks for these. Yes we need any and all observations of Americal Eels in Texas and our neighbor states. The old records (1983 and earlier) are particularly useful. Thanks.

Re: Need locations and dates for American Eels [Re: TNHC] #13742029 10/24/20 12:15 PM
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Not sure how far back you want to go..

But in the middle sixties to the middle seventies we used to catch them quite regularly out of the Medina River just north of LaCoste , Texas..

Half mile stretch from FM 471 bridge to the east.. But I am sure that area had em in both directions..

Usually caught them on small live perch (Brem) on limblines.

I would bet there are still some in there.. But have not fished that area in decades..


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