Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Private Fishing Ponds

I've seen large wading birds in or near my pond, and suspect they're eating my fish. Can I shoot these birds?

Great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons, and other migratory birds are protected under federal law. It’s illegal to shoot, trap, or harm them in any way. However, there are steps you can take to protect the fish in your pond: