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Old 05-02-2021, 01:41 PM   #1
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I know this has been the topic of many threads here in the past but I am going to ask it again because I love these threads.

Which lake in TX would you retire to? I am thinking I like Fork. For those that live or have lived on Fork in the past, what are the pros and cons of this lake?

Is it too busy/crowded?

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Old 05-02-2021, 01:53 PM   #2
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A constant level lake would be my choice.
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:53 PM   #3
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Don't do it !! It will rain...the water will rise....boats will make waves....TBH will be in an uproar.....

Not worth it.
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:05 PM   #4
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A constant level lake would be my choice.
What are some lakes where this is the case?
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:07 PM   #5
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None of the lakes up here in the NE have fish anymore, especially Fork!
I would look South or SE .
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:14 PM   #6
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I would think any constant level lake in Texas would have lots of boat traffic.
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:28 PM   #7
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Don't do it !! It will rain...the water will rise....boats will make waves....TBH will be in an uproar.....

Not worth it.
Haha, I thought the same thing.
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:30 PM   #8
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Don't do it !! It will rain...the water will rise....boats will make waves....TBH will be in an uproar.....

Not worth it.
That thread didn't make me laugh but your comment sure did!
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:33 PM   #9
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Bob Sandlin would be high on my list.

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Old 05-02-2021, 02:58 PM   #10
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Lake LBJ
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:19 PM   #11
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None of the lakes up here in the NE have fish anymore, especially Fork!
I would look South or SE .
There are lots of Fish in Fork, I would not waste my time looking South or SE. The Northern lakes are the Best.
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:22 PM   #12
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To heck with a Texas lake, Beavers Bend Oklahoma..
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:29 PM   #13
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LBJ was #1 on my list for years. Not so much anymore. Too many people and property taxes are outrageous.
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:30 PM   #14
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There are lots of Fish in Fork, I would not waste my time looking South or SE. The Northern lakes are the Best.
He lies ^^^^^
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:31 PM   #15
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Look at some of the smaller lakes that arenít destination spots.

My dad lives on one that is just over 1,000 acres (most of my family has lived on it for about 50 years). It is only really busy on holidays. The main lake can get busy on weekends, but the coves are typically just used by residents or bass fishermen.


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Old 05-02-2021, 03:42 PM   #16
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Canyon Lake. No contest. Second would be Amistad...maybe first. Less people.

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Old 05-02-2021, 04:06 PM   #17
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Lake LBJ
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:20 PM   #18
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There are lots of Fish in Fork, I would not waste my time looking South or SE. The Northern lakes are the Best.
This is so true Fork is loaded

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Old 05-02-2021, 04:24 PM   #19
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Lake Athens
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:25 PM   #20
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Richland Chambers would be my choice. Far enough away from big cities to not be overrun with people and great fishing for several different species. Large as well so would never feel like you’ve explored the whole thing.
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:26 PM   #21
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This is so true Fork is loaded

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They sure have a lot of tournaments on Fork - OP just find you a place up there and catch a lunker.
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:32 PM   #22
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Lake Conroe!!!!!


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Old 05-02-2021, 04:35 PM   #23
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:35 PM   #24
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Richland Chambers would be my choice. Far enough away from big cities to not be overrun with people and great fishing for several different species. Large as well so would never feel like youíve explored the whole thing.
I was there for New Years and liked the lake. It has some cool neighborhoods in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:40 PM   #25
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Possum kingdom. I grew up fishing it, and plan on retiring there.
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:44 PM   #26
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Lake Quachita
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Old 05-02-2021, 05:01 PM   #27
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I was there for New Years and liked the lake. It has some cool neighborhoods in the middle of nowhere.


Crap
I was hoping no one would mention RC

Itís nice the way it is
No fish and very few people

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Old 05-02-2021, 05:15 PM   #28
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Texoma for me, 90K acres, beautiful, plenty of fish. The one draw back is no or very few private boathouses .
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Old 05-02-2021, 05:29 PM   #29
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What are some lakes where this is the case?
Lakes that serve as reservoirs for power plants
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:21 PM   #30
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Sabine Lake
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:29 PM   #31
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Cypress Springs
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:35 PM   #32
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Look at some of the smaller lakes that arenít destination spots.

My dad lives on one that is just over 1,000 acres (most of my family has lived on it for about 50 years). It is only really busy on holidays. The main lake can get busy on weekends, but the coves are typically just used by residents or bass fishermen.


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Old 05-02-2021, 06:42 PM   #33
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We plan on retiring on LBJ so started the process and bought a house there three yea go and love it. Athens would be right up there as well. Awesome lake
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:59 PM   #34
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I am partial to Rayburn. It’s huge, hardly ever gets crowded, good fishing, plenty of room to ski/wakeboard. I just wish the dang Corp would allow docks/boathouses. It would be perfect then if they would
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:05 PM   #35
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No one has mentioned lake Livingston. I always enjoyed chasing whites on it but that was years ago. Did tweakers take it over?
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:08 PM   #36
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Ainít no such thing as ďconstant levelĒ when it stops raining...


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Old 05-02-2021, 07:09 PM   #37
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Lake LBJ
One of the most miserable lakes to get on now days due to the amount of people. We are nearing being completely done with lbj at all now. Way to many people and prices and taxes are ridiculous for what it is
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:20 PM   #38
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I think you are on the right track. Iíve lived on a few lakes including Fork and my ultimate goal is to get back to Fork. I grew up on that lake and I should have never left it.

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Old 05-02-2021, 07:37 PM   #39
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I know Quachita ain't in Texas................
But, I've lived on several here in Texas.............
Now, I love my fellow Texans...............
But never, have I met a more rude, careless,virtually dangerous group
of boaters, than in Texas..............And it don't seem to matter
what lake your on.......IMHO--- of course......
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:47 PM   #40
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I know Quachita ain't in Texas................
But, I've lived on several here in Texas.............
Now, I love my fellow Texans...............
But never, have I met a more rude, careless,virtually dangerous group
of boaters, than in Texas..............And it don't seem to matter
what lake your on.......IMHO--- of course......
Lol, plenty fools on Tx lakes but have you ever been to Lake O the Ozarks?
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:47 PM   #41
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If you can stay away corps of engineers lake do so. Only lakes that you can have dock/boat lift.

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Old 05-02-2021, 07:50 PM   #42
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One of the most miserable lakes to get on now days due to the amount of people. We are nearing being completely done with lbj at all now. Way to many people and prices and taxes are ridiculous for what it is
Itís gotten ridiculous there!
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:21 PM   #43
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I live on Fork. Have 13.5 deeded acres, and 2.5 acres leaseback from SRA. Waterfront. I Guided for 37 years on Fork. Caught tons of fish on Fork including 3 Sharelunkers. Currently looking for a place away from Fork.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:21 PM   #44
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One of the most miserable lakes to get on now days due to the amount of people. We are nearing being completely done with lbj at all now. Way to many people and prices and taxes are ridiculous for what it is

Not to mention how shallow 90 percent of it is. Too much moss and way to shallow.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:28 PM   #45
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:30 PM   #46
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:37 PM   #47
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North end of Toledo Bend. Lots of National Forest so not lots of houses. South end has way more traffic. I live on the lake near Huxley Bay.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:47 PM   #48
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:54 PM   #49
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Do not move to Richland Chambers, especially the south side!
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:55 PM   #50
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Amistad

No contest. Beautiful scenery, top notch fishing, little traffic, big water.
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