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The Texas State Bass Tournament is the world’s oldest competitive bass fishing tournament open to anyone. The first tournament was held in 1956 on Lake Whitney, where a Texas Historical Marker records the event. The Texas State Bass Tournament emphasizes family involvement in fishing and awards no monetary prizes to winners. Competitors may enter as family teams, and senior and high school divisions have been added in recent years. Tournaments are completely staffed by volunteers, and all sponsorship money is used to defray tournament costs. Throughout its 60-year history, the tournament has maintained its focus on conservation and sportsmanlike competition among friends and family. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
Ray Sasser has been an outdoor writer for more than 40 years and is currently the outdoor editor for the Dallas Morning News. Largemouth bass fishing is his favorite outdoor activity, but he has written about everything from invasive species to the environment, penning hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and a dozen books. He has been honored with several awards for his work. Sasser is a native of East Texas and is known for championing the interests of the average outdoor person. One of his greatest memories is being present at the inception of the ShareLunker program when Mark Stevenson caught Ethel, ShareLunker number 1, from Lake Fork in 1986. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
Randi Wayland has been promoting fishing, water safety and involving young people in the outdoors. A resident of San Antonio, Wayland has been an adjunct professor with the San Antonio Community College for more than 40 years. A past president of the Texas Association of Bass Clubs, she has also served as a board member of Texas Black Bass Unlimited. She is an instructor in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program and is an area chief of the department’s boater education program. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
Watch as Alligator Gar spawn. About 15 Alligator Gar moved up the Richland Creek channel from the Trinity River into the shallow floodwaters covering the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area. There were two 6-7 foot female gar; each had 4-5 males trailing her. Spawning typically takes place in shallow areas of flooded vegetation when springtime water temperatures exceed 68 degrees. Eggs hatch within a couple of days. Young fish feed on larval fishes and insects. To learn more about Alligator Gar in Texas, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/alg/ For more on the Richland Creek WMA, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=23
School of Fish The whistle blows, and the championship battle is underway. We’re not talking about Texas high school football, it’s the finals for high school fishing. The hottest sport to hit the south these days isn’t on the field, it’s in the water. Check out a profile on high school fishing.
The Paddlefish Project A freshwater fish older than the dinosaur is being returned to Caddo Lake in a grand experiment. Can restored water flows bring back a breeding population of paddlefish? A broad coalition of partners, from non-profits to landowners and government agencies, is working to answer this question.
Fishing Lures Meet one man who collects antique fishing lures, and another who makes new ones. Discover the evolution of the fishing lure, from bone to plastic and several incarnations in between. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Watch as alligator gar spawn in Lake Texoma. The alligator gar is one of the largest freshwater fishes in North America. Individuals can live for many decades and grow to 300 pounds or more. These fish spawn in late spring when rain floods the backwaters and water temperatures rise above 68 degrees. During this time, gar tend to congregate in shallow water to lay their eggs in flooded vegetation. In years of low rainfall, they may not spawn at all. Learn more about the alligator gar at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/alg/
Fly Fishing, The Basics Fly fishing is growing in popularity, and it's easier to get started than you might think. Join fly fishing instructor Constance Whiston as she gives you some ideas on how to get started. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on Texas PBS stations: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Fly Fishing, Casting For beginning fly fishers, casting can be intimidating. But as fly fishing instructor Constance Whiston shows us, a little practice is all it takes. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on Texas PBS stations: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Fly Fishing, Picking the Right Fly Now that you've got the basics of fly fishing down, and you've learned how to cast, get some tips for picking the right fly for fly fishing success. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on Texas PBS stations: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv
Fishing Hall of Fame: Ed Parten Edward Parten of Kingwood has devoted a large part of his life to helping preserve and improve habitat for fisheries in Texas. He's the lone inductee into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
The annual winter stocking of rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River is a much anticipated event. Anglers line the banks and put on the waders for a chance to catch this fun little fish. For more information http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/guadaccess
Well it's that time again, school is out and that means kids are looking for something to do. This summer many families are discovering they don't have to look far for fun and inexpensive ways to get kids out of the house and hooked on the outdoors. These lakes are stocked with catfish in and around many of the biggest cities in Texas, and anglers under 17 don't need a license to fish. To find out more about where to go, what to catch or even how to fish, visit www.neighborhoodfishin.org
The alligator gar may be more of a "gentle giant" than a "river monster," but its sheer size and toothy snout have given it a bad rap over the years. Now, however, more anglers are pursuing gar, and biologists are beginning to learn more about this fascinating denizen of the deep.
Whether you're a hiker, a hunter or a sunset watcher, chances are you've spent some time with us. Here's why Life is Better Outside. Join us in exploring the great outdoors at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
Keith Miller is a man who pledged to catch a fish a day everyday for an entire year with the goal of getting kids outside and care about their environment.
The Dundee State Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls has temporarily suspended operations due the declining water supply. The hatchery is the primary producer of striped bass and hybrid striped bass. For more information about the hatchery, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/hatcheries/dundee.phtml
Freshwater anglers all across the state look forward to the annual spring run of White Bass. When the conditions are right, the fishing is easy. When the conditions aren't right, the anglers just have to work a little bit harder. Catch up with some white bass anglers at Colorado Bend State Park, just below the Inks Lake dam, and on the Sabine River. See our PBS show schedule on our web site www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
In barotrauma, the bladders of largemouth bass brought up from deep water expand to a point that can seriously injure or kill the fish. This video shows a safe method for treating it.
Catfish are the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas and are second only to bass in popularity among anglers. They are also quite popular on the dinner table, but for many the fun is in getting them there.
The Rise of the Forgotten Flounder This is a story that looks at the Southern Flounder here in Texas. From fishing to gigging to stocking, all things flounder. Texas Parks and Wildlife has started raising Southern Flounder at their coastal hatcheries. This also takes a look at those efforts. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
This is a story on the efforts to save the state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe Bass.
The Crappie Guys-Meet Tommy Tidwell, a high school science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Tommy spends a lot of time on Lake Granger helping anglers learn the finer points of crappie catching. Then there's Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall. He's the founder of the Mr. Crappie Big Crappie Classic, a family friendly everybody wins something fishing tournament. Everything Wally does revolves around his favorite fish. Everything. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
Crappie Cooking; Tim Spice is the Boater Education Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He's also an accomplished outdoor chef. Catch up with Tim at McKinney Falls State Park as he cooks up a mess of crappie; lightly breaded and fried, and on the skillet with a touch of tarragon and lemon. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv