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The Guide (fishing guide at Lake Fork) - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

The Guide Ever hear an angler say 'Man, I'd love to be a fishing guide'? It may sound like a fun, but it's really a lot of work. Brian Duplechain spends over 300 days a year on Lake Fork trying to hook his clients up with some of the lake's famous lunkers. Spend a day with Brian and see just what it takes to be a successful fishing guide. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show, stations and air times at To find fishing spots, buy a license, and more, visit

Lonnie Stanley: 2012 Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Lonnie Stanley, Fishing Hall of Famer Lonnie Stanley, owner of Stanley Baits, Inc., started building jigs in 1979 after winning a tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir with one he'd made. In 1980 he founded Stanley Lures, manufacturing jigs, spinner baits and other products. While continuing to build jigs in his garage in College Station, he won six more tournaments in 1980 and 1981. Stanley also co-hosted ESPN's "Sportsman's Challenge" television series for 18 years. Lonnie was inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2012. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athen, Texas.

Tommy Martin: 2102 Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Tommy Martin, Fishing Hall of Fam 2012 Tommy Martin began guiding on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in 1968 and fished in his first tournament the following year. He turned pro in 1972 and won the prestigious Bassmaster Classic just two years later. Martin helped found Texas Black Bass Unlimited, a conservation organization that played a key role in developing the Texas bass fishery into the best in the nation. Tommy was inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Hall of Fame in 2012. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas.

Go Fish - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Catching a fish is fun for kids, but many families have questions about how to get started. That's why some state parks are offering free fishing classes. They'll teach you the basics through fun, hands-on activities. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on a program called "Go Fish" as the June Outdoor Activity of the Month. To find places to fish and events near you, visit

50th Anniversary Film: Guadalupe Rainbows - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

50th Film History: Guadalupe Rainbows Stocking rainbow trout in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam started about 50 years ago and is still going strong. As the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates its 50th anniversary (2013), we open the vaults to some old films that showcase the history of the agency. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television series

Striped Bass Production. Stripers in Production - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Stripers in Production Follow the life cycle of striped bass. From fertilization to hatching, to stocking and finally catching, this popular game fish is getting a helping hand from Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists.

River Access, A Few Things to Know - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

River Access, A Few Things to Know Before your next Texas river trip, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's web page. You'll be able to find out the rules and regulations regarding public river access in the state. And you'll find all kinds of useful information about fishing, paddling times, put in and take out points. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on Texas PBS stations:

Mystery of the Tarpon - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Mystery of the Tarpon Heralded for their awe-inspiring jumps and tenacious power, tarpon are the stuff from which fish tales are spun. But over the last couple decades, their populations have taken a serious dive. Today, a group of scientists are trying to learn about the biology of this ancient creature.

Postcard: Fish in the Viewfinder - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Postcard From Texas Watch a Longear sunfish watch the camera in the flowing waters of the Pedernales River.

Paddlefish Restoration VNR - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

They've been here for 300-million years, but you can't find them just anywhere. Paddlefish are being stocked in one of the most timeless lakes in Texas -- Caddo Lake. Implanted with radio transmitters, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists will monitor this pre-historic species to see if water flows in the lake are suitable for its reintroduction. Special project partners are planning a Paddelfish festival in the East Texas town, Jefferson, May 8-9. For more information, go to

Earl Golding, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

EARL GOLDING 1998 Golding is known as the father of bass fishing tournaments. A sports writer for the Waco Tribune-Herald, Golding started the first bass fishing tournament, the Texas State Championship, which is still being held after 50-plus years.

Tackle Box Tips - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Outdoor Info: Tackle Box Tips Get some ideas on what type of tackle box to get, and what to put in it, for a successful fishing trip.

2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic Coming - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

The ninth annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic is coming up May 23-25 at Lake Fork in East Texas. While some people think of fishing as a lazy afternoon throwing a line in the water, it’s also big business. The Classic generated nearly 3-million dollars to the Texas economy in one year. It also offers competition among the best anglers in the nation. As Texas Parks and Wildlife reports, this fish-friendly tournament will bring money to the state for conservation, help kid fishing programs and provide entertainment for all. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic takes place May 23-25 on Lake Fork in East Texas. There will be recreational and educational activities for kids and families. NBC Sports will broadcast a one-hour special highlighting all three tournament days on Sunday, June 28 from 8am-9am. For more information or to purchase tickets, check the website at

Video from the Field: Alligator Gar Spawning at Richland Creek

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 For more on the Richland Creek WMA, visit

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