October means a lot of things to a lot of people, but it means even more to Texas Parks and Wildlife as it is the start of their share-lunker season.
TPWD will be traveling to various lakes statewide. Among those lakes is lakes Naconiche in Nacogdoches County.
They will simply be looking fishermen who have caught a bass weighing in at 13 pounds or greater.
Then the lucky angler has three options, they can keep it, put it back in the lake or donate it to parks and wildlife.
“They’ll (TPWD) take that fish and they’ll utilize it as brood fish,” said Bill Plunkett, Lake Manager for Lake Naconiche. “Since it’s a 13 pound fish or bigger then they know that the genetics of that fish are really really good and they’ll utilize that fish as their brood fish so they can have fingerlings put into other lakes from that fish.”
The goal of this whole operation is to have larger fish in more lakes across Texas.
The largest fish ever caught in Lake Naconiche weighed in at 14.12 pounds and was reeled in by David Rabalais on July 29.
Parks and Wildlife asks if you have your own weighing equipment make sure it is accurate, but most of all just enjoy fishing out on the lakes