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Top largemouth bass lakes in Texas might surprise most anglers

Matthew Moccia of Manchaca caught Toyota ShareLunker 539 from Lake Dunlap on Dec. 30. The fish measured 26.25 inches in length and 23.25 inches in girth.
Matthew Moccia of Manchaca caught Toyota ShareLunker 539 from Lake Dunlap on Dec. 30. The fish measured 26.25 inches in length and 23.25 inches in girth.TPWD

In reservoirs scattered throughout Texas, under the black skies of cool, fall nights, loud generators drone and bright lights beam from strange-looking boats built to transmit electrical current into the water to catch fish. Crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries district offices use these electrofishing boats to collect information on fish populations, including Texas’ most popular fish — largemouth bass.

Bass anglers are always searching for hot lakes, for bass populations that are primed for great fishing opportunities. With this in mind, TPWD’s Spencer Dumont used electrofishing information collected from over 4,800 adult bass (8 inches and longer) in 78 hours of electrofishing effort at 935 different shoreline sites from 62 reservoirs in the fall to rank the top ten bass populations in terms of small bass, keeper bass and quality bass, according to a news release.

What he found may simply confirm what you already knew. But more likely it will surprise you.