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Drought Fishing

by: Lloyd Tackitt 9/7/2013

The Brazos River drainage is in stage 1, and in some places stage 2, drought conditions.  This has a direct implication for fishing in the Brazos River, at least where I live it does.

The river is extremely low and has been for several months now.  Once in a while there is a short and small release of water from Lake Whitney that raises the river level a few inches for a few hours.  Those are few and far between.

Other than it being too hot for me to enjoy the fishing, it makes fishing easy.  The fish have to congregate in the deeper spots in the river.  There aren't a lot of deeper spots near me, and they aren't all that deep right now.  None over waist deep.  So the fish pack into them, venturing out at night perhaps to hunt, but during the day I know exactly where they are.

In these warm water conditions their metabolisms are running on hight velocity so they are hungry fish.  Moderated somewhat by the lessened oxygen content since the river isn't running at any speed.  Still, they're easy to catch.

Which brings me to this question.  Is it "ethical" for a catch and release fishermen to fish in these conditions?  Catching them, and then fighting them in wears them out physically.  Maybe more so than usual in the warm water and lowered oxygen levels.  Or at least I assume it does. 

I was thinking about doing some early morning fishing.  Not something I ordinarily do but it's been so long I'm gettting a jones on to catch some fish. 

Would like to hear your opinions on the matter.  I'm kind of on the fence on this. 

Thanks for any input!


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Dave Mauldin, TX   9/11/2013 5:19:18 PM
Hell Lloyd!!! As old as you are, go fishing! You may not be here next week! Dave
Dave Mauldin, TX   9/11/2013 6:22:56 PM
..and oh by the way, our area lakes are as follows Lake Travis 31% full Lake Buchanan 35% full with no way to launch a boat on either, and no relief in sight! Go fishin' if you can! Just be gentle with them. ... Many of our aquifers have quit flowing after hundred of years of flowing!
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   9/11/2013 9:32:01 PM
So what are you trying to say Dave? That I shouldn't be buying green bananas? :-) I'll give it a run this weekend. I'm getting jittery..................Or maybe that's the old age tremble.
Dave Mauldin, TX   9/13/2013 8:50:22 PM
..just give us a report after you go fishing. WE will all feel better.
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