Chief Brody wrote:we've eaten bass from there - no obvious side effects.
I think they are either adapting their color to the environment or their color is coming from the dark colored fish they are eating - but I doubt seriously that color is anything to worry about. Maybe a biologist can weigh in.
watch out for gators is you fish there when the weather is warmer - there are tons of them in that place. There was a story last year about a fisherman getting bit by one - I think the story was that he reeled in a fish and the gator followed it up onto the levy and then got a little piece of the fisherman.
Yakke-T and I have paddled there a few times - it's one of the prettiest spots in the Houston area - and it does have a reputation for having some heavy bass in it. Good luck -
Yeah, I read that story.
Personally, I'm not overly fussed about the gators. For the most part, as long as they're not protecting their young, they want less to do with you than you do them. When it's mating/hatching season, I'll fish elsewhere. If one decides he wants my fish, I'm not gonna pick it up and try to unhook it like he did, I'll cut the line and let him have it, lure and all.
I'm not worried about, as one poster called it "a city drainage system". I know that's not what it is, I've just never seen a bass that color, and I've been catching bass for over 30 years.
I'm looking forward to getting the kayak out there. Just from what little of it I could see from the parking lot on Garret it looks like it would be quite beautiful and quite peaceful in there. Now I just need to figure out a place to go on it. Looking at google maps, it's hard to tell where the water is in most of it. It almost looks like the images were taken when it was mostly dry. From being there, it looks like you could go straight out through the little cut off the southwest corner of that parking lot and it should take you out into the fat of it, but again, the image on googlemaps makes it look like land there.