The Lake Houston Sports and Recreation Committee and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department partnered together to release more than 100,000 hybrid Florida bass into Lake Houston June 19 in order to help promote the health and cleanliness of the lake. “This is huge. Lake Houston hasn’t had a true restocking program in 17 years,” said David Otis, member of the Lake Houston Sports & Recreation Committee that led the event. Volunteers, many of whom visit Lake Houston frequently, spent several hours piloting their boats around the lake, depositing schools of the fish at ideal points across the waters. This restocking is the latest bid in a long-term restoration program, which is attempting to keep Lake Houston clean and beautiful. The Lake Houston Sports & Recreation Committee spearheaded the restoration attempt with several such projects in recent years, including a similar restocking last year. This year’s attempt is a huge step up from the previous one, which released 10,000 bass into the lake. Many individuals and groups interested in keeping the lake thriving participated. “David came to me to ask for some help and I jumped on board right away,” said Tim Neumann, president of the Lake Houston Angling Club. “We ran fishing tournaments to help raise money for the event, and 12 members of the Lake Houston Angling Club showed up to volunteer. All in all, the project was a huge success.” The Lake Houston Sports & Recreation Committee is also planning a plant restoration campaign. The introduced plants are expected to improve the clarity of the lake water and provide more food and nutrition for lake wildlife, with a secondary benefit of beautifying the area as well. A video of the restocking effort is available at Photo: Volunteers flocked to Lake Houston to help bring 100,000 young, healthy bass to the waters. Photo by Ryan Graham

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