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Stay up-to-date on operations adjustments and temporary closure of TPWD offices, state parks, recreation facilities and water access points due to COVID-19. Please follow guidance from local authorities, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Catch and Release Guidelines

To Reduce Mortality in Black Basses and Other Fishes

A growing interest in catch-and-release angling and the increasing popularity of competitive tournaments have placed additional importance on live release of sport fishes. Catch and release is effective only when fish survive after release. By following these guidelines, anglers can help to increase the number of fish that live on after being caught.

Choose Your Time and Place

Choose Appropriate Gear

Handle Fish Carefully

Video Tips: How to Hold A Bass | Removing A Swallowed Hook