Fishing & Boating News

Big Bass Retire to Lake Athens

by: Larry D. Hodge,

TPWD biologist Tim Bister releases largemouth bass into Lake Athens. The fish were stocked into several locations around the lake.
Photo by Larry Hodge
TPWD biologist Jeff Bowling transfers largemouth bass from the trailer tank to the boat for stocking into Lake Athens. The fish were stocked into several locations around the lake.
Photo by Larry Hodge
(Apr. 28, 2004 - Athens, TX) Many people go fishing in Lake Athens after they retire. Wednesday 112 largemouth bass retired to Lake Athens to be fished for. Most of the fish came from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Jasper Fish Hatchery, where they had been used for brood stock. Most were 10 to 11 years old and weighed six to eight pounds. "These fish produced millions of fry to be stocked into Texas public waters over the years," said TPWD fisheries biologist Tim Bister. "Now we're putting them out to pasture, and people will have a chance to catch them. They are big, healthy fish, and the survival rate should be fairly high." Bister said the fish produced 1.2 million eggs this spawning season alone and had earned their retirement.