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May 22, 2024

TPWD Emphasizes Need for Boaters to “Clean, Drain, and Dry”

AUSTIN – As we approach Memorial Day and summertime, Texans throughout the state will head to the water for fun and recreation. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) urges boaters and paddlers who enjoy the waterways to do their part to protect the Texas lakes we love from aquatic invasive species.

May 17, 2024

Federal Red Snapper Season Opens June 1

AUSTIN — The private recreational angler red snapper season in federal waters opens June 1. Red snapper fishing is open year-round in Texas state waters. Bag and size limits for federal and state waters will remain unchanged.

May 16, 2024

Three Texas Students Garner National Fish Art Contest Honors

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – Three Texas students were recently honored with awards in Wildlife Forever’s National Fish Art Contest.

May 9, 2024

Toyota ShareLunker Program Wraps Up Another Outstanding Collection Season

ATHENS – The 2024 Toyota ShareLunker program was full speed ahead and produced an exceptional collection season for the fourth consecutive year.

May 8, 2024

Gulf Shrimp Season Closes May 15

AUSTIN- The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on Wednesday, May 15, until a still-to-be determined date in July. While the statutory opening date for the gulf season is July 15, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Coastal Fisheries Division will be sampling shrimp populations this summer to determine the optimum opening date. The Texas shrimp fishery is closed annually to allow brown shrimp to reach a larger and more valuable size prior to harvest.

May 6, 2024

Bois d’Arc, Texas’ Newest Lake, Opens for Great Fishing Following Intense Stocking and Habitat Installation Efforts

BONHAM — When Bois d’Arc Lake in Fannin County officially opened for use in April, Texas got its first major reservoir in more than 30 years. But early results indicate anglers may have a budding new fishing haven as well, thanks to a partnership formed between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD).

May 1, 2024

TPWD Spearheads Fish Replenishment Efforts at Lake Dunlap

NEW BRAUNFELS – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division Corpus Christi District recently launched an effort to rebuild the fishery at Lake Dunlap. The reservoir was refilled with water in the fall after a dam-failure repair, but years of low water levels had a detrimental effect on the fish population.

April 26, 2024

Texas Fish Art Contest Unveils 2024 Winners

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is pleased to announce the 2024 winners of the Texas division of the Wildlife Forever’s Fish Art Contest.

April 24, 2024

Official Media Statement: Media Invited to Inaugural Fishing for Conservation Course with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

April 11, 2024

El Reabastecimiento de Bagre Comienza en los Lagos de Pesca en la Vecindad

AUSTIN – La primavera ha llegado y eso significa que la pesca de bagre está de regreso en los lagos de Pesca en la Vecindad del Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas (TPWD) en todo el estado. El programa ofrece a amigos y familias la oportunidad de pescar bagres cerca de casa y participar en las tradiciones de recreación al aire libre de Texas.