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Nov. 29, 2023

Public Access Lease Opening for Guadalupe River Trout Fishing

AUSTIN – Texas anglers have access to a premier location for rainbow trout fishing during the peak of the winter stocking season thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) “no fee” access lease on the Guadalupe River.

Nov. 16, 2023

Tim Birdsong Named Next Inland Fisheries Division Director

AUSTIN – Tim Birdsong has been selected as Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) next Inland Fisheries Division director. Birdsong has served as interim division director since July, following the promotion of Craig Bonds to chief operating officer.

Rainbow Trout Fishing Heading to a Waterbody Near You

AUSTIN— The annual Texas winter tradition of rainbow trout stocking returns to waterbodies across the state to kick off the holiday season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will stock thousands of rainbow trout beginning the week of Thanksgiving to give anglers a chance to catch one of these iconic fish.

Nov. 13, 2023

Red Snapper Fishing Closes in State Waters November 20

AUSTIN- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will close red snapper fishing in state waters on Monday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m. until January 2024. Federal waters remain closed until the summer.

Nov. 7, 2023

Migrating Whooping Cranes Arrive on Texas Coast

AUSTIN – On November 1, the first pair of whooping cranes of the year were spotted flying toward the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay. Their arrival is about 10 days later than last year, but well within the typical arrival window, according to Kevin McAbee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Whooping Crane Coordinator.

Oct. 26, 2023

Comienza la Temporada de Ostra en Texas el 1 de Noviembre

AUSTIN — Por regulación, la temporada de recolección pública de ostra comercial y recreativa en Texas comienza el 1 de noviembre y cierra el 30 de abril de 2024. Como parte de los esfuerzos para proteger y restaurar los arrecifes de ostra, que muestran signos de estrés ambiental, muchas áreas de cosecha de mariscos estarán cerradas a la pesca al inicio de esta temporada.

Oct. 25, 2023

Texas Oyster Season Opens Nov. 1

AUSTIN- Per regulation, the Texas commercial and recreational public oyster harvest season opens Nov. 1 and closes April 30, 2024. In an effort to protect and restore oyster reefs showing signs of environmental stress, many shellfish harvest areas will be closed to fishing at the beginning of this season.

Sept. 27, 2023

2024 Texas Fish Art Contest Now Accepting Entries

ATHENS — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is excited to announce the 2024 Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s Fish Art Contest is open for submissions. The Fish Art Contest, which is accepting entries until Feb. 28, is part of an international conservation education program designed to foster youth interest in fisheries and fishing.

Sept. 25, 2023

Red Tide Confirmed in Multiple Regions of Texas Coast

AUSTIN –Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working with other agencies to monitor a red tide event along the upper Texas coast and the Lower Laguna Madre.

Sept. 22, 2023

Texas Commemorates National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday, Sept. 23

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is encouraging Texans to bring their family and friend into the outdoors to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday. National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September, recognizes hunters and anglers for their contributions and leadership to wildlife and conservation.