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May 12, 2022

Toyota ShareLunker Program Completes Monumental Collection Season

ATHENS – The 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season claimed its spot as one of the best in program history. Anglers contributed 24 ShareLunkers from nine different lakes across the state, surpassing 2021’s impressive total of 23 Legacy fish. This season nearly matched 1995’s program record of 27 during a January through March collection timespan.

May 6, 2022

Federal Red Snapper Season Opens June 1 with new DESCEND Act regulations

AUSTIN- The private recreational angler red snapper season in federal water opens Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Red snapper fishing is open year around in state waters. Bag and size limits will remain unchanged. The regulations are 2 fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters, and 4 fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum in state waters. Red snapper caught in federal waters count as part of the state bag limit of 4 fish. No more than 2 red snapper in federal waters and 4 red snapper in state waters may be in your possession while fishing.

May 5, 2022

Texas State-Fish Art Contest Reveals 2022 Winners

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is pleased to announce the Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s Fish Art Contest winners for 2022.

April 27, 2022

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Would Save Fish and Wildlife, Add Jobs and Grow Businesses in Texas

AUSTIN –The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) is currently racing through Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support. RAWA could bring $50 million to the state to help protect wildlife, restore land and give Texans more ways to enjoy the outdoors. Help is needed to get RAWA to the finish line. The public is encouraged to contact their U.S. senators and representatives to vote “yes” for this important legislation.

April 12, 2022

Catfish Stocking Returns to Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes in Texas

AUSTIN – Springtime and catfish angling are back at Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes across the state. The program provides friends and families the opportunity to participate in the Texas traditions of outdoor recreation and reeling in catfish close to home.

April 8, 2022

TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest Areas in Matagorda Bay

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-14 in Matagorda Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, April 10, 2022.

April 7, 2022

Sam Rayburn and O.H. Ivie Deliver Two More Lunkers, Season Total Stands at 24

ATHENS – Sam Rayburn Reservoir and O.H. Ivie Lake closed out another incredible Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season with two more additions in the final week of March. These latest Legacy Lunkers bring the season total to 24, the most during a January through March timeframe since 1995 (27).

March 25, 2022

Anglers Add Two More ShareLunkers to 2022 Season Total

ATHENS – The list of ShareLunkers grew by two over the weekend, running the season total at the time to 22, including seven during the first three weeks of March in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season.

March 24, 2022

TPW Commission Approves Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2022-23

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted multiple changes to the freshwater fishing regulations for the upcoming 2022-2023 season at the meeting held March 24.

March 22, 2022

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Hosts “Fishing Fools Day

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is the perfect place to kick off the month of April with “Fishing Fools Day,” an event celebrating all things fishing. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the TFFC in Athens.