BURNET, Texas — Several resource agencies, a local conservation
group and Burnet County have teamed to ensure Lake Buchanan receives a
healthy stocking of striped bass this spring.

– Lake Havasu

The fish stocking is good news for many people who enjoy fishing for
the popular species in Lake Buchanan, the uppermost of the Highland
lakes created by damming the Texas Colorado River. It also is good news
for local businesses that enjoy the economic benefit of lake visitors.

Since striped bass do not reproduce naturally in most Texas lakes,
the fish are stocked annually by the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department (TPWD) in reservoirs throughout the state.

Production of fingerling striped bass has been reduced since 2000
due to the presence of toxic golden algae in TPWD’s fish hatcheries.
Thus, there have been fewer fish available for stocking throughout
Texas. Lake Buchanan did not receive any striped bass in 2001, although
the lake did receive annual stockings in 2002 through 2005.

Members of the recently formed Lake Buchanan Conservation
Corporation asked LCRA and Burnet County commissioners for help to
expand the striper fishery in Lake Buchanan.

As a result, both entities intend to contract with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service’s Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery to produce about
150,000 fingerling striped bass. These fish will augment the 150,000
fish that TPWD plans to stock later this spring in Lake Buchanan.

The 300,000 striped bass should provide abundant fishing
opportunities in future years. It takes about four years for stocked
fish to reach legal size of 18 inches.

Under a tentative agreement reached by the participants, TPWD will
provide striped bass “fry” to the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery where
the fish will be grown over a five to six-week period until they are
about 1.5–2 inches.

At that point, these “fingerling” fish will be transported and
stocked in Lake Buchanan. Burnet County is providing $10,000 and LCRA
is providing $5,000 as their share of the project.

– Lake Havasu

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