Lack of rain tragically impacts Lake Trammell

December 3, 2012

The water level at Lake Trammell has dwindled down to almost nothing due to a lack of rain and most of the fish that were left are now dead at the lake. (Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez)

A sad situation in unfolding at one of the local lakes, in which Lake Trammell is reaching its lowest levels and wildlife is at stake.
Recently, some dead fish were found at Lake Trammell. Eddy Campbell, the utility director of the City of Sweetwater, said that he estimates that the lake is only about thirty feet wide by fifty feet long, and only about a foot deep.
Campbell stated that in his 25 years of work with the city, this is the lowest he has ever seen Lake Trammell. The lake is man-made and was constructed sometime in the 1920s.
Consequently, the fish out at Lake Trammell are dying, in which Campbell states is due to lack of oxygen because of the lack of water. In talking with the game warden for Nolan County, Jake Simmering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Campbell said that there is not much that can be done to save the fish and they will die off.
Simmering shared in a phone interview that state regulations do not allow for fish to be transported to a different lake, as the practice is illegal. Unknown particles and foreign algae could be detrimental to all fish if any sort of transport took place.
In the meantime, the low lake level is now allowing people to catch fish by hand, which Simmering said is legal for catfish and other non-game fish. Cast nets can also be used to catch non-game fish only; bass and crappie cannot be caught in this manner.
But for anyone wanting to catch fish at this and other lakes, a license must be held.
The future of the lake is unknown, but should the lake fill up one day, it would have to be restocked with fish. Spencer Dumont, the regional director of the Inland Fisheries Management with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, noted that a variety of fish would be added, all of which can be found in area lakes.
Among them would be minnows, Florida largemouth bass, blue gill and chad--both of which are eaten by the bass, channel catfish, and white crappie.
The lake would have to fill up considerably, but Dumont said that there is not a set depth to restock the lake. However, the lake could possibly be restocked if Lake Trammell gets within three or four feet of being full.

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