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THE LAB IN The verdict is in for Cedar Bayou.


By Quentin A. Hall, M.S. and Gregory W. Stunz, Ph.D.


ANY ANGLERS will recall the superb fishing near the flowing Cedar Bayou, and as a result, it has


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achieved near-legendary status. Those old salts with fond memories, as well as new generations of anglers


who have never experienced what this iconic pass has to offer, wait no longer — the verdict is in. By all accounts, the restoration of flow at Cedar Bayou has


Cedar Bayou is one of a handful of natural inlets along the Texas coast and provides the only direct link between Mesquite Bay’s nurseries and the Gulf of Mexico.


once again elevated this inlet to the premier fishing destination of its cele- brated past. While restoring prime fishing


grounds was a primary goal, the key service tidal inlets provide is passage for large numbers of juvenile redfish, southern flounder, croaker, shrimp, and blue crabs into seagrass nursery habitat from the offshore spawning grounds. Our scientific findings show that these key ecological functions have been restored. Inlets are the pipeline that provide access to food and cover for these pinky-nail sized juveniles. Movement into these bountiful estuarine resources is critical for sustaining and building healthy gamefish populations.


“MARINE MARS” NO MORE


Cedar Bayou is one of a handful of natural inlets along the Texas coast and provides the only direct link between Mesquite Bay’s nurseries and the Gulf


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