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Old 08-12-2022, 10:47 PM   #1
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Luminant found a buyer for the property and are under contract. Hearing rumors the park will be closed for good on Oct. 1 as the lease is up after september, can anyone verify?
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Old 08-12-2022, 11:44 PM   #2
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Dang. We like that park and fishing is good also.

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Old 08-13-2022, 12:29 AM   #3
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I saw it was under contract. Will be curious how that plays out.
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Old 08-13-2022, 01:06 AM   #4
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Don't they have draw hunts listed for there? Are you meaning Fairfield Lake State Park or something different?
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Old 08-13-2022, 09:20 AM   #5
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I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to learn the Chinese government, or some other unfriendly foreign government, is the buyer.
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Old 08-13-2022, 09:41 AM   #6
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It's been expected for a while. Think it was 2 years ago when I first heard about this. It's my understanding that the TP&W lease on the park is about up. The lake will become a private lake after that.

The fish are biting and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 08-13-2022, 10:02 AM   #7
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I read a little about this sale, there were some interesting points listed. The purchaser can choose to lease it back to the state if they choose to do so in which case the state will continue to operate the park. The purchaser will assume a fairly significant dam maintenance program to be preformed annually. Finally Luminant was going to retain the water rights to the lake. I originally though this piece would sell quickly, some developer pick it up and divide it into lake front lots, be interesting to see what happens.
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Old 08-13-2022, 10:43 PM   #8
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The dam upkeep $$$ is insane. They also aren't allowed to pump water from the trinity to keep the lake level up since the power plant isn't operating any longer and that lake has a very poor watershed so buyer beware on lakefront property.
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Old 08-14-2022, 05:32 PM   #9
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I wouldnít be a bit surprised to learn the Chinese government, or some other unfriendly foreign government, is the buyer.
Last time I was there, there were enough Chinese with throw nets to conquer it like the Alamo
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Old 08-14-2022, 06:18 PM   #10
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Anxious to see how this pans out because Fayette County lake probably isn't to far down the road. Only good to this is once they turn off the power plant the Tilapia will die and cast netters will be gone.
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Old 08-14-2022, 06:59 PM   #11
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Anxious to see how this pans out because Fayette County lake probably isn't to far down the road. Only good to this is once they turn off the power plant the Tilapia will die and cast netters will be gone.
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Old 08-14-2022, 07:25 PM   #12
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Im talking about on Fayette.
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Old 08-14-2022, 09:58 PM   #13
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Anxious to see how this pans out because Fayette County lake probably isn't to far down the road. Only good to this is once they turn off the power plant the Tilapia will die and cast netters will be gone.
Just curious how turning the power plant off will impact tilapia populations.
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Just curious how turning the power plant off will impact tilapia populations.
Th warm water it discharges helps them proliferate.
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Old 08-14-2022, 10:40 PM   #15
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Sad to see.
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Old 08-14-2022, 11:00 PM   #16
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Just curious how turning the power plant off will impact tilapia populations.
They die without the warm water even on a mild winter, we drew a fairfield hunt the December after they turned off big brown and there were dead and struggling tilapia all over the banks.
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Old 08-15-2022, 12:42 AM   #17
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I bet all the redfish are gone too.
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I bet all the redfish are gone too.
They had some type of ultra mega fish kill. Canít remember reason, but it was insane and it wiped them out.

Lake went down 3í when all the cast chunkers stepped out of the water
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:33 AM   #19
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They had some type of ultra mega fish kill. Canít remember reason, but it was insane and it wiped them out.

Lake went down 3í when all the cast chunkers stepped out of the water
It's a nice little park now and the fishing is great since the lake cooled off. Hope they continue to lease it to the State park.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:41 AM   #20
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They had some type of ultra mega fish kill. Canít remember reason, but it was insane and it wiped them out.

Lake went down 3í when all the cast chunkers stepped out of the water
It was golden algae that killed the fish.
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I wonder if they still have Tilapia in the lake.
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Old 08-15-2022, 10:17 AM   #22
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Im talking about on Fayette.
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Old 08-15-2022, 10:20 AM   #23
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Are the cattails still there?

Fairfield used to have huge cattail beds that came way out into the water. You could pitch a jig in there all day and catch fish before the water would get to hot. Now with the generator turned off I have not fished it at all.
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Old 08-15-2022, 10:23 AM   #24
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I wonder if they still have Tilapia in the lake.
I haven't seen any. The mass exodus of the cast netters is enough to prove that. If there were any there they wouldn't have left.
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Old 08-15-2022, 02:48 PM   #25
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Too bad. Only place I knew where to catch them.
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Old 08-15-2022, 03:43 PM   #26
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Just curious how turning the power plant off will impact tilapia populations.
Water temps
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:41 PM   #27
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It was golden algae that killed the fish.
They did have a big fish kill in 2011? but I think that was because of high water temps and low oxygen, the Tilapia were still in there until they shut the plant down for good.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:08 PM   #28
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Martin Lake should still have tilapia because the plant is still operating.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:17 PM   #29
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They did have a big fish kill in 2011? but I think that was because of high water temps and low oxygen, the Tilapia were still in there until they shut the plant down for good.
This it what caused 3 big fish kills on the lake since 2011.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:17 PM   #30
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Grew up fishing, swimming, and taking girls there at night to do fun stuff. End of an era for sure, but it's been dead for a few years now.
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Old 08-15-2022, 10:07 PM   #31
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Grew up fishing, swimming, and taking girls there at night to do fun stuff. End of an era for sure, but it's been dead for a few years now.
Dead? The bass fishing was on fire there last year, the lake is chock full of grass now.
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:03 AM   #32
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TPWD website says tilapia are no longer present in the lake. I talked to a friend of mine who used to work for TPWD fisheries about how they would establish that, and it is a pretty dang conclusive and thorough process. I'm sure the snowpocalypse nuked any that were left after the power plant shut down years ago. A real shame because we used to wear them out bowfishing there.
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Old 08-18-2022, 05:09 PM   #33
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The lease actually runs to December butttt... get out there while you can. Whoever bought it is not obligated to continue the lease to the state once the sale is closed. Since states lease is with the previous owner that lease should be null and void once ownership changes hands. I'm guessing we won't be getting back our app fee or preference points for the deer draw hunt out there either.
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