Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Sanders: What is Grapevine Lake?
By Tommy Sanders
Bassmaster.com exclusive Oct. 12, 2006
O.K., so we just got the word that the Busch Shootout is going to be on Grapevine Lake in Grapevine, Texas. Rumor had the tournament going every where from the White River in Arkansas to Lake Shasta in California. But now we know that it's going to happen at Grapevine Lake.
What is a Grapevine Lake?
• It's located in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, home to 5.1 million people. Some of them like bass fishing, as we found out last year at the big tournament on Lake Lewisville.
• It's in the town of Grapevine, Texas, first settled around 1846. The name comes from the numerous wild or "mustang" grape vines that grew in the area. The railroad made it here in 1890 and by 1914, there were just over a thousand folks living here. That population took almost half a century to double and then in 1974, they opened the new Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport right on the city limits, which swelled the population to more than 50,000 today.
• The Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport is the 3rd busiest in the world, it took 3 million yards of concrete to build and it occupies 18,000 acres.
• The opening of the airport was probably the high point in Grapevine, Texas history.
• The low point was probably in 1934 when the famous criminals Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (Bonnie and Clyde) shot and killed two highway patrolmen in Grapevine.
• There are actually wineries in Grapevine.
• Grapevine Lake is just under 7,000 acres and was built in 1952 on a tributary of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Also on the Elm Fork is Lake Lewisville, where last year Kevin Van Dam landed the biggest bass caught in B.A.S.S. competition since 2001, 11 pounds and 13 ounces (a lake record at the time).
• The largemouth record for Grapevine Lake is 12 pounds nine ounces set in 1999.
• There are also spotted bass in Grapevine Lake (lake record: 3 pounds 4 ounces) and smallmouth (lake record 4 pounds 7 ounces).
Those are the general facts on Grapevine. We'll have the specifics when the fishing begins.