CPCA Lakes

Country Place Community Association owns and maintains four lakes and members are encouraged to use them. Our dues are used to keep the dams, piers and bridges in good repair, to stock and feed the fish, and to mow the shores and areas around the lakes.

The three largest lakes are all fed by the same stream, which begins as a spring on top of the salt dome to our east. There is actually another lake in this chain owned by a farmer. The dam on that lake broke years ago and the silt that flooded downstream choked our first lake for a long time after. The suspended clay has largely settled out now, but we lost a quarter of the lake’s surface area due to the influx of dirt on the upper end. This lake is the Old Lake, or #1 in the sequence. It covers almost three acres and has produced a double-digit bass and a 26-pound high-fin blue catfish, which apparently was mixed in with the fingerling channel cats originally stocked in all our lakes.

The second lake in the chain I refer to as Bream Lake (#2) and represents an experiment in selective stocking undertaken  by former Parks & Lakes manager Jerry Jones. His idea was to replace all the existing catfish and bass in this two-and-a-quarter acre lake with copper nose bluegill to make a kid-friendly fishery. Unfortunately, there is no way to control the fingerling fish that wash down from Old Lake (#1) and only a few years later there is a healthy population of largemouth bass along with some big bluegill.

The third in the chain is Long Lake (#3) and is the largest, with almost 8 acres of surface area. It has produced a number of double-digit bass, along with big channel cats and bluegill. There is a population of crappie, although overpopulation has most of these stunted in the 4-6” size range. Still, they make for great forage for our largemouth bass.  I caught my personal best out of this lake, a 10.5 lb December bass, and know of at least one 13.5 lb fish taken here. Both bass were returned to the water.

A lot of CPCA members get their exercise walking around Long Lake. It’s a natural walking path.

Hidden Lake (#4) is located halfway down our one-mile stretch of private road, Lakeshore, and sits 170 yards back in the woods. It is the smallest of our lakes, at only nine-tenths of an acre, but it is a wonderful place to enjoy the natural beauty of Country Place

If you’re a CPCA member and have children who like to fish or want to learn how, a beginner’s rod, a float, some split-shot, panfish hooks and some worms will catch bream off any or our piers. And you never know when one of those big channel cats will show up hungry!

Morning Walks, Fall 2020

In the mornings I walk. First my dog, then I take my camera and go on a longer jaunt, about four miles. In the fall I photograph foliage; this has been a good year for catching color, and Halloween decorations.

Long Lake (#3): New Footbridge

The footbridge across the dam on our Long Lake (#3) had rotted out to the point that it was becoming unsafe, so your board put it out for bid and Roman Landscaping was awarded the job. Andrew and his crew have constructed a very solid footbridge which should last another ten years.

Fish Stocking for 2018

March is fish-stocking time for the lakes. We have historically used $1500 to $2500 annually for stocking.  About eight years ago we tried tilapia and had good luck both from catching and reproduction; although they are vegetarians,  they can be caught on worms.  Their growth was unbelievable and everyone enjoyed fishing for them. We stopped stocking tilapia when we noted there was little if any reproduction being  observed.  We learned that unlike most fish the male is larger than the female.  It was felt that our producer was  selling mainly males to us so we quit stocking tilapia.

We are now getting our stock from Overton Fisheries in Buffalo, TX.  He is raising his own now so it is time to give them another try.  Tilapia are warm water fish and require temperature above 52 degrees to survive, thus the reason for April stocking.  The other fish need to be stocked around mid-March.

You will note that  fathead minnows are being stocked in all lakes, since they are the recommended  forage for all fish. Even the coppernose beam will eat those minnows because they are small.

Bream Lake (#2) should produce some trophy size coppernose this year since they were stocked in March 2015 and it is reported that they will grow to 2 lbs in 3 ½ years on feed.

We plan to add some breeding platforms for the flatheads.  Maybe something like the plastic shopping carts with small holes that will keep larger fish out.  If anyone has an idea for this, please let me know.

Looking forward to another good fishing season, since the lakes are full now and will be well-stocked.

~ Jerry Jones