Angling: Retired Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

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Some seniors at the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery in San Marcos are graduating. These seniors aren’t students, though – they’re mature channel catfish.

11—The fish have served to produce millions of channel catfish babies (fry) that we use to stock urban fisheries. After they serve their purpose, these fish have a chance to be stocked in a lake.

Fisheries biologist, Marcos De Jesus says the most recent graduates ended up in Lake Kyle, just outside of Austin.

14—Lake Kyle is a 12-acre impoundment that opened to the public about two years ago. So, we’re trying to establish a quality urban fishing experience in Central Texas – close to Austin – and these fish will serve that purpose.

Largemouth bass and sunfish also inhabit Lake Kyle. The channel cats average nine pounds each, and offer anglers a good fight. Take a picture, because you can’t keep them.

10—Lake Kyle has a brand new regulation that just started September first – where it’s really a catch and release environment. So, these fish will be protected under a catch and release regulation.

Find fishing regulations and tackle loaner programs near you when you log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Our show’s receives support from the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program, which provides funding for the Private Lands and Public Hunting Programs.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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