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Texas State Bass Tournament, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2016


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, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2016


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, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame 2016


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/

Butterfly phenomenon in south Texas


Thanks to August rains, south Texas is experiencing a massive hatch of snout butterflies. Here's the view from the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area near Cotulla. Learn more about the Chaparral WMA at https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=45

Honeybees vs. Native Pollinators - Tips from a Wildlife Biologist


Honeybees are descendants of bees brought to America from Europe. Take a close look at some native Texas pollinators such as digger bees, carpenter bees and colorful wasps, moths and butterflies. Learn how you can help native pollinators in the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz happening October 7-16. Details at https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz


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