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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Spencer Dumont, (325) 692-0921, sdumont@sbcglobal.net; Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 12, 2011
New Fishing Regulations Affect Some West Texas Reservoirs
ATHENS -- Effective September 1, some Texas reservoirs will have different fish-harvest regulations. One is Lake Kirby, where the 12-inch minimum length and 25-fish daily bag limit for blue and channel catfish was changed to a NO minimum length limit and daily bag limit of 50 blue or channel catfish in any combination. No more than five blue or channel catfish 20 inches or greater can be kept.
The new catfish regulation will give anglers more harvest opportunities (i.e. anglers get to keep more fish and smaller fish) and will also provide more protection of larger catfish to increase, or at least maintain, numbers of larger catfish for anglers to enjoy (i.e. anglers can only keep five 20-inch or longer catfish).
Lake Alan Henry, near Post, will also have a new regulation for black basses. Gone is the 18-inch minimum length limit on spotted bass and smallmouth bass. The new minimum length limit for smallmouth bass is 14 inches, and the daily bag limit is five fish. For spotted bass and largemouth bass there will be NO minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of five largemouth or spotted bass in any combination; however, only two bass less than 18 inches long may be retained per day.
One other new regulation is that handfishing is now legal for blue, channel and flathead catfish. All current length and bag limits apply.
All hunting and fishing regulations are available in the 2011-2012 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual, which can be accessed at http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/.
Spencer Dumont is a fisheries biologist with the TPWD. For more information on area reservoirs and fish populations, contact the Abilene Inland Fisheries district office at (325) 692-0921, send an email to sdumont@sbcglobal.net, or visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tpwdifabilene.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Greg Binion, (361) 547-9712; greg.binion@tpwd.texas.gov; Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255; larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 12, 2011
Tips for Stopping the Spread and Establishment of Exotic Aquatic Species
ATHENS -- In order to protect and preserve the abundant natural resources of Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department enforces laws that protect our state waters against the introduction of exotic aquatic species. The term "exotic" refers to non-native fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants introduced into Texas waters. These species compete with and often displace our native plants, animals and fish. Exotics are typically extremely invasive, colonizing at rapid rates due to a lack of natural controls and/or predators in their new environment.
In addition to displacing natives, exotic aquatic species create a host of other problems such as habitat degradation, negative impacts on boating and fishing access, potential for degradation of water quality, clogging of water intakes, fouling of beaches, and damage to boats and boating equipment to name a few.
Some of the main invasive aquatic species currently causing problems in Texas waters and to be on the lookout for are zebra mussels, giant salvinia, water hyacinth, water lettuce and alligatorweed.
There are ways we can all work together to prevent the introduction and spread of these "aquatic hitchhikers." Here are some tips.
1. CLEAN your boat, trailer and equipment, removing all visible aquatic plants (including fragments), animals and mud before leaving the water access location.
2. DRAIN all water from your boat, motor, bilge, live wells and bait containers before leaving the water access location.
3. DRY your boat and recreational equipment for a week before boating on another water body. If you can't leave your boat out of the water for a week, then washing it with a high pressure sprayer and hot (140° F) soapy water will help to remove or kill any hitchhikers that are not visible.
Also, don't move fish or bait from one water body to the next. Dispose of any unwanted bait and other animals in the trash, not back into the water body.
If you suspect a new infestation of an invasive plant or animal, report it to your local TPWD law enforcement or fisheries office or use the reporting tool located at the Texas Invasives website provided below. Remember, it is illegal to possess or transport exotic species. If you have any questions and concerns or wish to learn more, contact your local TPWD office or visit the websites listed below.
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