I was watching a show tonight about the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens and was amazed at what they were talking about. David Campbell, who oversees the fisheries, said they recieve around 3 to 30 Lunker Program bass a year. Out of those bass, some may never spawn and some may spawn from 1 to 3 times in that year. He stated that he had just 1 bass that spawned 5 times in that one year. WOW!!
Now here is the shocker, He stated that Lake Fork was one of the main lakes that the "Lunkers" come from but he also said that for every 4 "Lunker" bass that comes from Fork, 4 "Lunker" bass come from Lake Allen Henry!!!
David travels across Texas in the months of Dec. thru March picking up these bass. In order for the bass to qualify for the program the bass has to weigh 13lbs or more.
With that being said, are they putting these big bass back in the lakes that they come from? From my understanding of the program, the bass stay at the fisheries for spawning and to extract some DNA. Will these bass ever go back to the lakes or will they be used for testing for the rest of the lives?