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Leased Public Fishing Access Areas Open for White Bass Anglers

Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov

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AUSTIN— White bass are one of Texas’ most sought-after gamefish, especially when they make their annual spring spawning migration into rivers above reservoirs. To improve access for anglers targeting white bass, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has signed a leased access agreement through June 30, 2017, with property owners at the Kingsland Slab RV Camp on the Llano River above Lake LBJ and a 20-year agreement with Chandler River Park on the Neches River above Lake Palestine. Both rivers are known for their excellent white bass runs, and March through early May is the prime time to target this species.

The leases provide anglers with free access from 30 minutes before daylight until 30 minutes after dusk. Anglers will be able to use the properties for bank fishing and launching non-motorized watercraft such as rafts, kayaks and canoes for the purpose of fishing. The leases were made possible with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. Improvements and the lease at Chandler River Park were funded by the East Texas Woods and Waters Club.

For additional information and directions to these leased fishing access areas and others throughout the state, including site-specific restrictions, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/rivers/.

Fishing tips and tactics for targeting white bass during the spring spawning run, as well as information on other popular white bass fishing locations in Central Texas, can be found at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_t3200_0022e.pdf.