Remember this conversation 10 years from now, when the fish population has declined to the point where there are very few fish in the lake. I remember fishing this lake 25 years ago, when there were some really quality largemouth bass in this lake. I'm not saying that there are no bass in this lake...I'm saying that there has definately been a decrease in the quantity and quality of bass taken from this lake.
I throw bass back. Partly so we can have some lunkers in the lake and partly because I dont care to eat them. Would rather eat catfish or crappie.
I have heard the stories from ole timers bout when the lake was clear. How much vegitation was growing in the lake and all that other jazz.
IMHO if there is an actual decline in LMB in the lake its not due to anglers harvesting fish...its due to the extreme lack of suitable habitat for bass. The illegal sand mining upstream from both the east and west forks has drained into the main lake killing off 90% of the hydrilla and lillys.
If the lake had a fishing crowd like Conroe does every weekend I might believe the harvesting is effecting the population.
LMB aside...let us not forget that the lake has a good population of fish considering its neglect.
The crappie population is a natural phenomenon. They were never stocked by the state.
Channel cats dominate the majority of the lake and have not been stocked since the 70s.
White bass thrive in the lake and have not been stocked sinc 98. Even then it was only 60 some odd thousand fingerlings.
LMB were last stocked in 1990....trust me. Joe blow cant come off the street and fish our lake. You have to know where to go and what to throw to catch fish.
Your argument is honorable JB but I must respectfully disagree