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Nov. 27, 2012

Black bear activity on the upswing in the Hill Country and South Texas

AUSTIN — Black bear activity in the Hill Country and South Texas along the Rio Grande from Del Rio to below Laredo is increasing, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists.

The Trout Are Here! The Trout Are Here!

ATHENS—Ponds and streams at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center received their first stocking of rainbow trout on Tuesday.

Illegal gill netting increasing along lower coast

AUSTIN — With more than a month left in 2012, state game wardens already are looking at a record number of seizures of illegal gill nets and long lines in Texas and U.S. waters along the lower coast.

Nov. 19, 2012

New Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan Plots Future for Parks, Healthy Lifestyles

AUSTIN – The latest Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan calls for more trails and greenways to encourage active lifestyles, new parks in or near urban areas, better access to public waters, and a review of local park grant rules to make the most of limited dollars, among other recommendations. Besides ways to improve, the plan is chock full of interesting research findings pulled from many sources.

Winter Trout Stocking Program Locations Announced

AUSTIN – For an inexpensive, entry-level fishing experience the entire family can enjoy, it doesn’t get much easier than winter rainbow trout fishing in Texas.

Nov. 15, 2012

New Program Aims to Make Record Fish Easier to Weigh

ATHENS—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Recognition Program is building a statewide network of Official Weigh Stations that have certified scales and are willing to weigh angler’s catches in their local service areas. The new initiative is designed to make it easier for Texas anglers to find certified scales and submit their record catches.

Nov. 12, 2012

Nominations Sought for Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

ATHENS, Texas — Individuals or organizations that have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas may be nominated through December 31 for induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Mule Deer Hunters Reminded of CWD Testing Requirements

AUSTIN – Wildlife officials are reminding mule deer hunters and landowners in far West Texas about new protocols developed as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Chronic Wasting Disease response plan. The plan includes mandatory check stations for harvested deer and elk taken inside the CWD Containment Zone, which covers portions of Culberson, Hudspeth and El Paso counties. See map of CWD zones at

Nov. 9, 2012

Group Recommends Ways to Protect Texas Seagrass, Reduce Coastal User Conflicts

AUSTIN – An advisory group of fishing, boating and conservation interests has made nine recommendations to protect seagrass and five to reduce user conflicts along the Texas coast, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners were told in a briefing here this week.

Drought Slowly Taking Toll on Lakes Brownwood and Coleman

ATHENS—Lakes Brownwood and Coleman are historically known for consistent and decent largemouth bass fishing, where anglers could expect to catch a bunch of small bass with a few keepers along the way and even an occasional big bass. But the current downhill slide of water level, dating back to 2007, is beginning to take a toll on these bass populations based on recent electrofishing surveys, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s standard method of collecting information on numbers and sizes of largemouth bass in a lake.