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May 17, 2004

Official State Fishing Map Is First for Texas

ATHENS, Texas — A new official Texas freshwater fishing map available May 24 will promote family fishing and benefit the construction fund for a new education building at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

Game Warden Memorial Honors Wesley Wagstaff

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently honored a fallen employee at the game warden memorial here. Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in a head-on collision while responding to a poaching call in Hardin County Aug. 5, 2003. TPWD added his name to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center memorial May 12.

Framers Raise New Building at Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a new fly fishing pavilion thanks to the efforts of the Timber Framers Guild of Becket, Massachusetts.

Cinco De Mayo Draws 3,000 to Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — Six-inch rains struck East Texas on Saturday, May 1, but that did not deter crowds from flooding into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

May 10, 2004

Budweiser Sharelunker Program Draws 15 Entries

ATHENS, Texas — The Budweiser ShareLunker season ended April 30 with a total of 15 largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more entered into the program.

Falcon Lake Benefits From Flooding in Mexico, Rains in South Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The floodwaters that devastated Piedras Negras, Mexico, April 4-5 had quite the opposite effect on the International Falcon Reservoir downstream.

Gulf Shrimp Season To Close May 15

AUSTIN, Texas—The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until an unspecified time in July.

May 3, 2004

TPWD Game Warden Field Notes, May 3, 2004

The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

April 26, 2004

Bass Pro Shops Founder To Match Raised Funds for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Education Building

ATHENS, Texas-Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris is serious about the value of teaching young people principles of natural resource conservation by involving them in fishing.

April 19, 2004

New Angler Awards To Recognize Fishing Elite

AUSTIN, Texas — Catching a big fish can be just as much a matter of luck as skill. But it takes more than luck to catch several different big fish.