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Which lake for retirement #13825979 12/31/20 01:54 PM
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As retirement approaches we are considering getting a lake house. It would be for occasional use for 5 years or so, then, hopefully, be there full time. Looking primarily for white bass/striper as well as crappie and catfish fishing opportunities. I understand I have to share the lake with jet skis, party boaters, etc. but would prefer a lake with the least amount of temptation to sling a $8 MAL spinner at them. Thanks for your input!

Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: quisdraw] #13826018 12/31/20 02:16 PM
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Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: quisdraw] #13826022 12/31/20 02:18 PM
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Richland Chambers , most bang for the buck and low boat traffic compared to other lakes . Plenty of fish in that big ole lake .

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Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: BROWNING STRONG] #13826062 12/31/20 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by BROWNING STRONG
Richland Chambers , most bang for the buck and low boat traffic compared to other lakes . Plenty of fish in that big ole lake .



Agree. Loads of white bass and crappie in that lake.

Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: quisdraw] #13826104 12/31/20 02:53 PM
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I moved to Richland Chambers when I retired Jan 2019. Sand bass/hybrids, crappie and catfish describes it to a “T”.
Low boat traffic for sure. Main issue is grocery stores in town are 25-30 min away. Cell service is sub par and good emergency medical care is Dallas


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Great fishing, close to Okie land for the gambling if you're into that, occasional snow in the winter if you're into that, far enough from the big city but close enough to go there if you need to, and big enough lake so that if you don't want to mess with the jet ski's and other ding dongs there is always some water elsewhere


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Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: quisdraw] #13826139 12/31/20 03:04 PM
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Curt0407, Looking anywhere in Central TX...Buchanan, Whitney, Cedar Creek, Richland Chambers. But not limited to those. Will consider any and all!

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Buchanan is used to keep Inks, LBJ, and others at full pool. You may water and you may not. I would mark that one off the list.


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Originally Posted by Topwater2
Buchanan is used to keep Inks, LBJ, and others at full pool. You may water and you may not. I would mark that one off the list.


True that! Been fishing Buch since '85. Seen it when you could drive almost across it. But, when it has water, she feels like an old pair of slippers!

Re: Which lake for retirement [Re: badgrandad] #13826212 12/31/20 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by badgrandad
I moved to Richland Chambers when I retired Jan 2019. Sand bass/hybrids, crappie and catfish describes it to a “T”.
Low boat traffic for sure. Main issue is grocery stores in town are 25-30 min away. Cell service is sub par and good emergency medical care is Dallas


What is internet service like? Might could live there if my wife has internet to work from home.

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Love our lake house on Whitney .Everything you said is there . Only draw back is when the corp. floods it as they call it a flood control lake . Low traffic except when it's a holiday . Low taxes as well . Whitney is also a great town .


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check out Tawakoni. Big enough with all the species you mentioned. Claims to be the catfish capital of Texas and close enough to Big D for doctors and internet.


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Agree with both Whitney and Tawakoni.

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I have a place on (well right off) of Sandlin. Good bass, crappie, sandies and catfish. Traffic not bad at all during the week. Weekends can be busy but bring retired, I just stay off the lake then. Internet not bad (Verizon). Several hospitals close by but better facilities in Tyler if necessary. Within an hour of Fork, Winnsboro, Gilmer, Cypress Springs, Monticello (if it ever opens again), Lone Star, Caddo, Lake of the Pines, Welsh, Martin Creek, and several other smaller lakes. Taxes not bad.

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