Texas Parks & Wildlife biologists are electrofishing on newly opened Wheeler Branch Reservoir, where they briefly stun and then release their catch.
"This lake is so clear that the fish generally stay deep.Which is one of the reasons our standard sampling is at night," said Kevin Taylor with the Somervell County Water District.
They're finding a healthy population of game fish, because of the late September heat, coming back when the sun goes down.
"At night the larger fish are going to be up in this shallow water taking advantage of these smaller fish as prey items," said Taylor.
Wheeler is a gorgeous little lake outside Glen Rose, Texas. Just 169 acres of water, so the water district that operates it is charging extra fees for power boats and wanting no more than 15 at a time on the water.
Canoes and kayaks, on the other hand are charged no extra fee at all.
"The size of it and the water, clear water," said Taylor. "You don't have any jet skis or power boats buzzing around you. It's really perfect for kayaking."
Wheeler was opened to fishing on September 1st without a lot of fanfare, but word got around fast.
"Yeah, I think the secret's out with the fishing clubs already," said Taylor.
TP&W has been stocking the water since 2006, including walleye pike, which are tough to grow in Texas lakes.
For many in northern states, walleye pike is the premier game fish. There the tasty walleye is most at home in cold and deep water, a habitat tough to duplicate in Texas lakes.
"They like to stay deep. They need cold water."
Texas Parks and Wildlife has tried stocking in a handful of Texas lakes.
"The walleye come from Colorado. It's a common thing to trade different species of fish," said Taylor. "We trade them striper or striper hybrid eggs.
"We've got a very small walleye stocking program just because they are so difficult to get."
Early results indicate Wheeler has the habitat - a few walleye have already been caught - and given time, they could be abundant here.
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