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This article covers the newest nominee for intensive large-mouth bass management by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Lake Bastrop. Lake Bastrop is a small, 900-acre, power plant cooling reservoir in the Lost Pines of Bastrop County east of Austin. In their two demonstration lakes, Lake Bastrop and Purtis Creek State Park Lake, fishery managers hope to show that a combination of proper bag and size limits, infusions of Florida bass genetics and a large dose of the voluntary catch- and-release ethic can produce outstanding fisheries in the face of high fishing pressure. Results eventrually produced by these two small lakes could have far-reaching implications for management of other Texas waters.