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Feb. 20, 2023

O.H. Ivie Still Full Speed Ahead with 9th Legacy Lunker

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie added another Legacy Class Lunker to its 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season resume on Friday afternoon as the lake continues to produce massive largemouth bass at a record pace. Angler Matthew Carlson reeled in 13.29-pound ShareLunker 643 to become the ninth angler to submit a fish from O.H. Ivie this season. His catch also boosted the overall season total to 11 Legacy Class fish.

Feb. 16, 2023

Family Fishing Education Opportunities Offered for Texans this Spring

ATHENS — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens is once again partnering with Fishing’s Future and the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund to provide convenient fishing education opportunities for families throughout Texas.

Feb. 15, 2023

O.H. Ivie Claims Another Massive Legacy Lunker

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie’s unprecedented run continued Monday when the lake produced its eighth Legacy Class fish of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season. Jason Conn of Anna landed 17.03-pound ShareLunker 642, the eighth-heaviest largemouth bass ever caught in Texas, and the sixth-heaviest ShareLunker donated to the program.

Feb. 14, 2023

Annual White Bass Run is Quickly Approaching

AUSTIN – The annual white bass run is heating up and anglers across Texas are preparing for exciting days on the water. Each spring, white bass run upstream from reservoirs into rivers and creeks to spawn, creating prime fishing opportunities for new and seasoned anglers. White bass can be targeted from the bank, motorized boat or paddle craft in multiple publicly accessible locations throughout the state.

Feb. 13, 2023

Lake Alan Henry Returns to the ShareLunker Stage

ATHENS – Lake Alan Henry joined O.H. Ivie and Nacogdoches on the list of waterbodies to produce a Legacy Class fish during the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season.

Cierre del TPWD de la área de recolección de ostras en Aransas Bay

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) está cerrando TX-29 en Aransas Bay a la recolección comercial y recreativa de ostras a partir de las 12:01 a.m. del miércoles 15 de febrero de 2023. Esta área se dividió al comienzo de la temporada para permitir la cosecha en la porción localizada en las afueras de Carlos Bay. La porción TX-29 de Carlos Bay se cerró al comienzo de la temporada por acción de la administración.

TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest Area TX-29 in Aransas Bay

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-29 in Aransas Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.  This area was split at the beginning of the season to allow for harvest in the portion of the area outside Carlos Bay. The Carlos Bay portion of TX-29 was closed at the beginning of the season through management action.

Feb. 10, 2023

O.H. Ivie Delivers its 7th Legacy Lunker of 2023

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie Lake remains in the spotlight of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season with a 13.06-pound largemouth bass caught on Thursday afternoon. ShareLunker 640, landed by Kasey Swan of Jacksboro, is the lake’s seventh overall entry and fifth Legacy Class Lunker in February alone. Swan is the eighth angler to submit a Legacy Lunker this season.

Feb. 6, 2023

O.H. Ivie Ushers in February with Four Lunkers in Four Days

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie kick-started the second month of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season Thursday afternoon with a pair of Legacy Class Lunkers, followed by one on Friday and another on Sunday to close out the week. This run of Lunkers boosted O.H. Ivie’s season-leading total to six entries. With Lake Nacogdoches’ ShareLunker 634 from Jan. 23 added to the mix, the overall season total stands at seven.

Feb. 1, 2023

Annual Texas Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Dates Set for 2023

AUSTIN — Every February for the past 21 years, countless volunteers have offered up their time to help search for and remove abandoned crab traps. Crab traps left in the water can foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines and “ghost fish” which allows traps to unintentionally kill fish trapped inside as well as create unseemly views. To date, more than 40,000 abandoned crab traps have been removed from Texas coastal waters.