I think only a handful of people outside of this town of less than a thousand, including the alligators for which the area is known for, complete with an Alligator Festival every year, have any idea of what an outstanding fishing hole this place once was. I'm not speaking of the lake that bears the town's namesake, but an area between the lake and the Trinity River, which pours into Trinity Bay & the Gulf Of Mexico roughly 2 miles or less downstream. There is (or was-I haven't been there in awhile & I've heard there have been a lot of changes, so I'm describing it the way it was when I used to fish there regularly until about 5 or 6 years ago) a diversion pond that feeds an irrigation canal above the pond(the water is drawn thru pipes upward and runs right thru the middle of the town). There is a system of "gates" that bring water from the lake to the diversion pond and also another "gate" that empties into a small harbor-and then vice versa. This entire area used to be one of the best places to fish of anywhere I've ever fished since. You could regularly catch a mess of eating sized cats-blues,flats & channels-and there was always the chance that your next bite could be a lifetime best. At certain times of the year & depending on rain, with the area being so close to a major saltwater system & affected by tides via the Trinity-although this was considered a freshwater fishery mainly-there were times when the salinity levels would rise a bit & then there would be no telling what you might catch. Catfish, striped bass, white bass, huge alligator & long nosed gar, giant gasper goo (the big white ones), huge crappie (3lbs+ regularly) and sometimes flounder, redfish, sand trout, croaker and even a mangrove snapper on more than one occasion. Whenever any of these gates were open and the water was flowing pretty good in any direction, you were pretty much certain to catch something. Threadfin & gizzard shad could be easily caught in abundance with a castnet and at times even shrimp-including grass shrimp were catchable. Live minnows & worms were an option at the bait store in town but you really didn't need to buy bait because you could catch the bait that all of the fish would bite. At times the fishing was outstanding-you never knew what might come up from the murky,deep water-30-40 feet on the river side and some said there were deeper holes in the pond. I have seen some huge catfish come out of these waters. My dad caught a 60lb flatty back in '98. I remeber as a kid seeing fish the size of alligators ready to battle & bust up a few lines (gar-some 6 feet or more). I could go on & on about this place which was a favorite hole of mine for years. I now wish that I had taken pictures or made videos of it. I think one day I'll go out there & see what it looks like now, maybe even fish a little bit. I was just thinking about it & I wanted to share it with you guys.