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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.

Jan. 31, 2023

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Extends Effective Date for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Listing Under the Endangered Species Act

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials encourage landowners to take advantage of a 60-day U.S. Fish & Wildlife (FWS) endangered species listing extension and consider enrolling in one of the conservation programs that provide protections from federal regulations and exemption from consequences of incidental “take” under the Endangered Species Act.

Jan. 30, 2023

O.H. Ivie Back on the Board with Another ShareLunker

ATHENS – O.H. Ivie Lake chalked up its second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker season Sunday afternoon. Kyle Hall of Granbury hauled in 13.58-pound ShareLunker 635, registering a Legacy Class bass in consecutive seasons. Hall’s fish is the third submitted by anglers during the 2023 collection season.

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. 23, 2023

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.

Dec. 27, 2022

Toyota ShareLunker Program Launches 37th Season This Weekend

ATHENS – Anglers across Texas and the nation have their calendars marked for opening day of a new Toyota ShareLunker season. The 37th season kicks off New Year’s Day as anglers cast their lines in hopes of landing a Legacy Lunker largemouth bass (13-plus pounds) in Texas’ world-class fisheries.