Both fish and fishermen should be happy this summer with changes made to Lake Texana.

About five months ago, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority constructed cubes out of PVC pipe and placed corrugated drainage pipe inside.

Lake Texana receives underwater habitat

Developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this type of structure consists of PVC pipe connected at the corners with corrugated drain pipe inlaid in an irregular fashion through the cube. This creates tight spaces for small fish while also providing bigger spaces for larger fish to hang out and ambush the smaller fish, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Now, they envision fish, big and small, are hanging out on the structures to either eat the phytoplankton growing on them or each other.

They built a total of 24 and dropped them at five places in the lake, which covers 10,000 acres.

Chad Kinsfather, the river authority’s director of environmental services, said the agency chose to put most of the structures south of SH 111 because when the dam was constructed there, officials had to take out a lot of trees where fish would have naturally congregated.

“This is just trying to help things,” he said.

Map shows fishing structures in Lake Texana

This project cost $5,000.

Sales of largemouth bass conservation license plates covered half of that amount, which the river authority then matched, said Aubry Buzek, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokeswoman.

Lake Texana is a reservoir on the Navidad River that was formed by the construction of Palmetto Bend Dam, begun in 1968 and completed in 1979. It has catfish, bass and crappie. Records show that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has also stocked it with rainbow trout, shad fish and carp over the years.

Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at jpriest@vicad.com or 361-580-6521.

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Environment/Investigations Reporter

Jessica Priest has done a little bit of everything since moving to Victoria in 2012. She was a regular fixture in the Crossroads’ historic courthouses, but now slathers on the sunscreen to report on the environment.

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