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Jan. 25, 2023

Lake Corpus Christi State Park to Host 31st Annual Kid Fish Event

MATHIS –Park rangers at Lake Corpus Christi State Park are hosting the 31st annual Kid Fish 2023 on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Young anglers can learn how to fish, enjoy the wonders of outdoor recreation and be a part of the Texas State Parks 100 Years Celebration.

Jan. 24, 2023

Largemouth Bass Conservation License Plate Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation Milestones

AUSTIN – Since 2000, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Conservation License Plate Program (CLPP) has helped generate funds to support state parks, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and research, and conservation projects in Texas. The largemouth bass license plate is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has generated $893,005 for 93 conservation projects through TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division.

TPWD Unveils Virtual Reality Boater App at Houston Boat and Car Show

HOUSTON – The latest classroom for boating education is virtual reality. In a nationwide first, the TPWD boater education program will utilize VR headsets to introduce audiences to the joy of sailing where wind, waves and actions all impact the boat’s behavior. While immersed in a highly realistic environment, participants will learn about different types of sailboats, parts of the boat and steering basics. The virtual reality sailing course is part of the MarineVerse app, one of the online training courses offered by Nautic Ed.

Texas State Parks Photo Contest Launches in Honor of 100-Year Celebration

AUSTIN— Point, focus, shoot! In honor of its 100-year birthday celebration, Texas State Parks is hosting a photo contest throughout 2023 with the chance to win park passes, H-E-B gift cards and even a curated state park experience.

Jan. 23, 2023

Texas State Parks Starts 100-Year Birthday Celebration with 7,923 First Day Hikers

AUSTIN— Nearly 8,000 participants shattered the previous attendance record New Year’s Day by ringing in Texas State Parks’ 100th birthday with a First Day Hike. Texans across the state traveled to one of the 83 participating parks and hiked, biked and paddled a combined 17,190 miles.

Toyota ShareLunker Program Enjoys Landmark Year in 2022

ATHENS – The 2022 Toyota ShareLunker season proved to be monumental, thanks to 350 anglers across the nation who entered 512 Lunker largemouth bass into the program throughout the year. The total included 357 in the Lunker Class (weighing between eight to 9.99 pounds or at least 24 inches), 121 Elite Class (weighing 10 to 12.99 pounds), 24 Legacy Class (weighing 13 pounds or more and caught between Jan. 1 and March 31) and 10 Legend Class Lunkers that were 13 pounds or more caught outside the spawning season.

Jan. 17, 2023

O.H. Ivie Produces First Legacy ShareLunker of 2023

AUSTIN – O.H. Ivie Lake claimed the first Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season Sunday for the second consecutive year. Tom Nilssen of New Braunfels landed ShareLunker 633, which registered at 13.52 pounds on the scale. O.H. Ivie has enjoyed a tremendous run of Lunkers, boasting 12 in each of the last two seasons.

Jan. 13, 2023

Cierre del TPWD de las áreas de recolección de ostras en Galveston Bay

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) está cerrando TX-1 en Galveston Bay a la recolección comercial y recreativa de ostras a partir de las 12:01 a.m. 17 de enero de 2023. Esta área fue cerrada previamente el 7 de enero por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas debido a resultados elevados de laboratorio.

TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest Area TX-1 in Galveston Bay

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-1 in Galveston Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 17, 2023.  This area was previously closed on Jan. 7 by the Texas Department of State Health Services due to elevated lab results.

Jan. 12, 2023

Fishing Innovator To Be Inducted Into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

ATHENS — The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce that Wally “Mr. Crappie” Marshall of Anna, Texas, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023. Marshall revolutionized crappie fishing through innovative products, tournaments and promotion of the sport. Marshall generously gives back to the fish community through his philanthropic work, teaching youth to fish and donating time and products to multiple charitable organizations and events.