Texas Burning Regulations
There has been some discussion recently about outdoor burning in Horseshoe Bend. Regulations are published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This is the environmental agency for the State of Texas. This guide was written to help interpret the current Outdoor Burning rule, Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Sections 111.201-221.
1. The responsible party, or representative, must be present.
2. Only burn when wind speed is predicted to be at least six miles per hour while still allowing the fire to be contained and controlled.
3. Only burn when wind is blowing such that smoke will not affect sensitive receptors, such as a residence, and not closer than 300 feet unless you have written permission of occupant.
4. Begin burning no earlier than 1 hour after sunrise. Cease burning the same day no later than 1 hour before sunset.
The sections of this guide that affect us the most are Fires for Disposal or Land Clearing, On-site burning of waste plant growth and Domestic Waste.
Listed below are some rules, but not all, that pertain to us as property owners.
Burning is not allowed during a County Wide Burn Ban.
This guide-- RG-049.pdf -- can also be downloaded from the TCEQ website. The link is https://www.tceq.texas.gov/publications/rg/rg-049.html
Complaints for violations can be filed with the TCEQ by phone or online at The link is https://www.tceq.texas.gov/complaints/index.html
. There is also a toll-free phone number.
Also on our website, under Local Resources, is a link to the TCEQ website for more complete information.
Proposed Fishing Guidelines
Recommendations that we look to implement to improve the quality of the lake and fish population
1. Go to barbless hooks: The use of barbless hooks would be beneficial in a lake with moderate fishing pressure.
Barbless hooks allow the least amount damage to the fish’s mouth and a quick release back into the water. Hooking mortality studies have shown that barbed hooks can cause up to 20% fish mortality, and mortality is even higher in the summer months. Skinny largemouth bass, which were identified during the survey is an indicator of hook mortality onset, which can take weeks to kill fish after they are caught.
2. Stop Weighing and Measuring every fish:
Fishing pressure has increased at Horseshoe Bend the last couple of years. We have weighed and measured over 3,000 bass each of the last two years. A once or twice a year survey of approximately 30-40 fish will supply a proper statistical sample of the size and weight of the fish. In addition and most importantly the significant reduction of time fish spend out of the water with the use of barbless hooks and no weight or measure will increase the recovery of a caught fish and lead to improvement over all of the fish health. Instead of weighing and measuring each fish, we will request fisherman and fisherwomen to record the number of fish caught and hours fished. Of course if you do catch a Trophy size fish, you can weigh it and photograph. Please keep all fish in the water as much as possible.
3. Harvest male bass 10” to 14” inches: The lake was surveyed for the quantity and quality of our fish. It was determined that in order to sustain a healthy bass lake we need to harvest approximately 500 bass fish between (10”-14”) each year. This is not an uncommon event to happen in older lakes. These smaller fish are more aggressive and eat more bait fish for their size than other bass. This creates a situation, which the survey showed, that our bigger fish lack the proper weight for their length. We will be reminding everyone except for the harvest of 10"-14" bass, all other fishing is catch and release.
The experts remind us that to see the results of this selective harvest will take several years. The harvest should be done only by our homeowners and their guest who accompany them. Keep in mind that all fishermen/fisherwoman should be a homeowner or be accompanied by a homeowner. One of the benefits of such a harvest is the filleting and eating of the fish. It is recommended that the fish be fillet, or given to someone who will fillet for benefit of others. This size of fish is ideal for an excellent meal.
John Massey's Nice Catch
Picked up this sweet thing this afternoon after catching 16 others that were all under 4 pounds. This grandma was 25 inches long, an impressive 20 inches in girth (pregnancy IS an excuse), and weighed 11 lbs. 1 oz. Don't know why she was swimming with the kids. Thanks to the cameraman, Jim Lee, whose TWO Share Lunker Bass out of HSB are ample evidence he's comfortable around big bass.
New Crappie in the Lake
Tag You're It
Calling All Lake HorseShoe Bend Fishermen!!
Please keep and eye out for tagged bass in our lake. In an effort to better understand and track our bass, starting this year 20 Black Bass have been tagged. (see pictures)
The tag system is very simple and used by several state agencies. The tag this year is yellow, is attached to the bass with a hypodermic type tool near the dorsal fin area. One fish scale is removed to enable the tag to be inserted into the fish. No long term harm is done to the fish.
The tag this year is yellow with a black number on each tag. The ID number is 7 digits. All that is needed for our survey is the last 3 numbers, where on the lake the bass was caught, length, weight, am or pm, and lure used to catch fish. Please double check the tag number, they are small. Please DO NOT remove the tag.
Over several years a "Year Book" will be created. We will be able to see the growth, or not, of the bass over an extended time. We should be able to identify resident, migrant and trophy bass with this tagging effort.
If you happen upon a dead bass in our lake, please check for a tag. If possible try to retrieve the tag and report it. Any questions contact someone on the Lake Management Committee
About Horseshoe Bend-HOA
The HSB-HOA is a nonprofit organization comprised of property owners in the Horseshoe Bend development located in East Texas just south of Winnsboro. The mission is to preserve, enhance and maintain their lake, land, trees and wildlife setting in which the property owners can feel safe, have social activities and protect their investment.
Membership in the Association is mandatory if you are a property owner in the Horseshoe Bend Development. Members of the Little Cypress Development, which is adjacent to Horseshoe Bend, may also elect to join the Horseshoe Bend Homeowners Association. Annual dues beginning January 1, 2019 are $220.00 per unit.
The Association is managed by a five-member Board of Directors elected by the membership and supported by several appointed officers and Standing Committees.
Meetings of the Board are open to the membership and are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am at Dogwood Lodge. Notices of regularly scheduled and special meetings are published on the Association's website and/or posted on the community bulletin board.
197 CR 4550
Winnsboro, Texas 75494
Important Lake Information
from Texas Parks & Wildlife