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Why was Douglas County Lake built and what is it stocked with? What can I expect if I go fishing out there?

According to Journal-World archives from the 1950s and 1960s, the selection of Douglas County as a site for a new state lake was largely the work of Ray Amer of Pleasanton, the fish and game commissioner of the 18-county First District, as well as members of the Waka-Tauy Wildlife Assn. Archive stories reported that Amer and others felt the area needed a large state lake. The lake opened in 1966.

Today, Larry Lentz, the lake's conservation worker, said people mainly can catch crappie, bass, bluegill and channel catfish, but there are some flathead catfish. He said the lake is restocked with bass and channel catfish about every year.

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