Bill,Yes, what was the bait? I've only caught 5 ouncers out there :)
New Lake gets alot of public fishing pressure. The size limit on largemouth bass use to be 12 inches for many years. Once the bass in New Lake reached 12 inches many fishermen would keep them. The City changed the size limit to 15 inches to keep a bass in New Lake last year. This will help as 12 inch bass only have one spawning year then they could legally be harvested. A 15 inch bass will have spawned 2 to 3 times in New Lake before they can be legally harvested.
This will increase the numbers of bass fingerlings produced in New Lake in the coming years thus increasing the population of bass in the Lake. If we can get people to abide by the law and release undersize bass. A 15 inch bass will weigh around a pound and half. So, the lake should be abundant in one pound bass which would make a very nice community lake bass fishery.
Of course, some people will break the rules and keep undersize bass. You can't train a monkey to drive a car down Interstate 65 due to ignorance. There will always be some to cheat the system for greed and selfishness but if the TWRA will enforce the law "regularly" with patrol and bust the people keeping undersize bass it will increase the numbers of bass in New Lake and provide an awesome fishing lake.
An increase of bass fingerlings in New Lake will also provide more forage for crappie, bluegill and shellcracker to eat thus improving the quantity and quality of all fishes in New Lake.