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Fairfield - interesting observation #14503597 10/13/22 02:30 AM
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Overall it was a slow day with 10 in the boat and another 5 or so missed. Fished 9-3 and tried the usual stuff…oddly enough the only thing I could get bit on was top water, however bites came all throughout the day.

I fished mainly around the grass which is almost totally dead at this point - which I hadn’t really planned but with the wind up a bit I decided the check out areas that might have bait fish pushed into them. Sure enough, just about every area I was in had bait in or around the dead grass. But like I said…the bass were hard to come by. I would have thought that was due to low oxygen with the dying grass - but wouldn’t that effect the shad too? I also noticed the ones I did catch were INCREDIBLY skinny. For instance, I caught one that was pushing 22” but weighed it - and it only went 3.27!!!

Anyone have any thoughts on this at all? Why there were bait fish in these areas but few bass? Why the bass looked like they were starving?

And by the way…the south ramp is horrible with the low water level right now. Haven’t been out there when it’s that low and I won’t launch there again until we get rain. Ramp is uneven and drops off - put on quite a show for the guys fishing at the dock before I was finally able to get the boat to sit right on the trailer…

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Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: Ben B] #14503612 10/13/22 02:43 AM
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Ain't gonna need to worry about any of that in a few months... She's closing down in December


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Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: dk2429] #14503620 10/13/22 02:50 AM
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Originally Posted by dk2429
Ain't gonna need to worry about any of that in a few months... She's closing down in December


Not according to the people working there today. The ladies in the office as well as 2 employees down by the ramp said they haven’t been told anything about the state park closing and outside of the hunts over the holidays that they always close for - they would still be in business after the new year.

One lady said someone was spreading that rumor because they were doing a tournament out there and were probably trying to drum up more people for it under the guise that the lake wouldn’t be accessible after January 1.

I’m just telling you what they told me…but I’m a nobody.

Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: Ben B] #14503779 10/13/22 12:57 PM
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I went last Wed and Thursday. Blue Bird skies and no wind. Caught 10 total on Wednesday. Thursday a.m. was a different day. Still blue bird and no wind but the fish were active. I caught 25 up to 6.5 lbs by 11:00 am. There was equipment on the shore mowing down the cattails and reeds. They were using a small excavator with a shredder attachment. I asked one of the ladies at the Ranger station who was doing that and she said it was the Power Company. I wondered why the Seller would be doing that at this point. Maybe the potential Buyer is getting “Cold Feet”? Anyway that is the first time in many years that I have seen the shoreline at FF.

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Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: Ben B] #14504528 10/13/22 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Ben B
Originally Posted by dk2429
Ain't gonna need to worry about any of that in a few months... She's closing down in December


Not according to the people working there today. The ladies in the office as well as 2 employees down by the ramp said they haven’t been told anything about the state park closing and outside of the hunts over the holidays that they always close for - they would still be in business after the new year.

One lady said someone was spreading that rumor because they were doing a tournament out there and were probably trying to drum up more people for it under the guise that the lake wouldn’t be accessible after January 1.

I’m just telling you what they told me…but I’m a nobody.


Huh, interesting! Guys on here have been ranting on about how it's closing this December. That's good to hear!


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Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: Ben B] #14504554 10/14/22 12:13 AM
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Heard today in Fairfield Mark Cuban is the new owner going to develop it but lake will not be closed to public.
Also said the main boat ramp will be only ramp . Tpwd will still be there don’t know how big state park will be but hey could be worse


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Re: Fairfield - interesting observation [Re: dk2429] #14504567 10/14/22 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dk2429
Originally Posted by Ben B
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Ain't gonna need to worry about any of that in a few months... She's closing down in December


Not according to the people working there today. The ladies in the office as well as 2 employees down by the ramp said they haven’t been told anything about the state park closing and outside of the hunts over the holidays that they always close for - they would still be in business after the new year.

One lady said someone was spreading that rumor because they were doing a tournament out there and were probably trying to drum up more people for it under the guise that the lake wouldn’t be accessible after January 1.

I’m just telling you what they told me…but I’m a nobody.


Huh, interesting! Guys on here have been ranting on about how it's closing this December. That's good to hear!



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Ain't gonna need to worry about any of that in a few months... She's closing down in December


Not according to the people working there today. The ladies in the office as well as 2 employees down by the ramp said they haven’t been told anything about the state park closing and outside of the hunts over the holidays that they always close for - they would still be in business after the new year.

One lady said someone was spreading that rumor because they were doing a tournament out there and were probably trying to drum up more people for it under the guise that the lake wouldn’t be accessible after January 1.

I’m just telling you what they told me…but I’m a nobody.


Huh, interesting! Guys on here have been ranting on about how it's closing this December. That's good to hear!



Never listen to rumors


I've always been told everything on the internet is true.... Thanks for your advice though
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Originally Posted by basscaster46
Heard today in Fairfield Mark Cuban is the new owner going to develop it but lake will not be closed to public.
Also said the main boat ramp will be only ramp . Tpwd will still be there don’t know how big state park will be but hey could be worse

Cuban did buy the little town of Mustang, just south of Corsicana on I-45.


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Originally Posted by Ben B
Overall it was a slow day with 10 in the boat and another 5 or so missed. Fished 9-3 and tried the usual stuff…oddly enough the only thing I could get bit on was top water, however bites came all throughout the day.

I fished mainly around the grass which is almost totally dead at this point - which I hadn’t really planned but with the wind up a bit I decided the check out areas that might have bait fish pushed into them. Sure enough, just about every area I was in had bait in or around the dead grass. But like I said…the bass were hard to come by. I would have thought that was due to low oxygen with the dying grass - but wouldn’t that effect the shad too? I also noticed the ones I did catch were INCREDIBLY skinny. For instance, I caught one that was pushing 22” but weighed it - and it only went 3.27!!!

Anyone have any thoughts on this at all? Why there were bait fish in these areas but few bass? Why the bass looked like they were starving?

And by the way…the south ramp is horrible with the low water level right now. Haven’t been out there when it’s that low and I won’t launch there again until we get rain. Ramp is uneven and drops off - put on quite a show for the guys fishing at the dock before I was finally able to get the boat to sit right on the trailer…



i was out there thursday also and it sucked. grass is definitely dying off but i didnt have any trouble with the ramp

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Originally Posted by skeeterfan
I went last Wed and Thursday. Blue Bird skies and no wind. Caught 10 total on Wednesday. Thursday a.m. was a different day. Still blue bird and no wind but the fish were active. I caught 25 up to 6.5 lbs by 11:00 am. There was equipment on the shore mowing down the cattails and reeds. They were using a small excavator with a shredder attachment. I asked one of the ladies at the Ranger station who was doing that and she said it was the Power Company. I wondered why the Seller would be doing that at this point. Maybe the potential Buyer is getting “Cold Feet”? Anyway that is the first time in many years that I have seen the shoreline at FF.


I was out there as well and found it quiet interesting that the excavators were cutting the cattails and reeds. I don't believe the power company was doing it as I asked one of the guys on an excavator and he said they were hired to cut it down, yet he didn't know the company's name that hired them. One of the main lake points that was solid reeds and cattails is now completely bare. Not sure how long or how much cutting they are going to do, but they are giving Fairfield a makeover.

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Originally Posted by RPD
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I went last Wed and Thursday. Blue Bird skies and no wind. Caught 10 total on Wednesday. Thursday a.m. was a different day. Still blue bird and no wind but the fish were active. I caught 25 up to 6.5 lbs by 11:00 am. There was equipment on the shore mowing down the cattails and reeds. They were using a small excavator with a shredder attachment. I asked one of the ladies at the Ranger station who was doing that and she said it was the Power Company. I wondered why the Seller would be doing that at this point. Maybe the potential Buyer is getting “Cold Feet”? Anyway that is the first time in many years that I have seen the shoreline at FF.


I was out there as well and found it quiet interesting that the excavators were cutting the cattails and reeds. I don't believe the power company was doing it as I asked one of the guys on an excavator and he said they were hired to cut it down, yet he didn't know the company's name that hired them. One of the main lake points that was solid reeds and cattails is now completely bare. Not sure how long or how much cutting they are going to do, but they are giving Fairfield a makeover.


I observed this as well. Whatever is going on it does not appear to be a good sign for the future of fishing. I may ask the attendants at the front again about the landscaping that is going on next time I'm there.

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