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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Feb. 4, 2013
Toyota ShareLunker 540 Comes from Lake Fork
16.04-pounder ties for number 22 spot on Top 50 list
ATHENS--Richard Scibek of Granbury went to Lake Fork Saturday to enjoy a day of fishing with his friend James Quisenberry.
Larry Hodge
Using a black salty (a type of goldfish), Scibek caught a 16.04-pound largemouth bass that ties with another Lake Fork fish as the twenty-second largest bass ever caught in Texas. The fish was 25.75 inches long and 23 inches in girth.
Scibek's fish is the largest to come from Lake Fork since 2002. On March 22, 2002, the lake produced bass weighing 16.12 and 15.65 pounds.
The 16.04-pound weight puts Scibek in the lead for Angler of the Year honors. The person catching the largest ShareLunker of the season receives a prize package from G. Loomis and, if the person is a Texas resident, a lifetime fishing license.
Lake Fork has now produced 16 bass weighing 16 pounds or more, and holds 32 spots on the list of the 50 biggest bass ever caught in Texas. (Because of a four-way tie for fiftieth place, there are actually 53 fish on the list.)
Scibek was fishing in 54-degree water when the fish hit. "The fish never jumped," he said. "When we got it in the boat, my fishing partner, James Quisenberry, thought it was a new lake record." Quisenberry caught a 15.61-pounder from Lake Fork in 2010 that ties for number 37 on the Top 50 list.
The fish was held for pickup at The Minnow Bucket, an official Toyota ShareLunker Weigh and Holding Station. An electronic scan of the fish revealed no tag, so it was transported to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens to await the results of DNA testing to determine if it is pure Florida largemouth bass. Pure Floridas are held for spawning, while intergrades are returned to the lake as quickly as possible.
ShareLunker program manager Juan Martinez checked the fish periodically during the night, and Monday morning reported the fish appears to be doing well.
There was initial concern over the health of the fish because it suffered from barotrauma, an overinflated swim bladder, and was floating on top when Martinez arrived to pick it up. Previous attempts to "fizz" the fish by the anglers were unsuccessful, but Martinez was able to release air from the swim bladder, allowing the fish to maintain an upright submerged position.
Because barotrauma is a common condition among largemouth bass held for pickup, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department produced a video showing how to treat it. The video may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEeQrsHcwf8.
The black salty is actually an ordinary goldfish that has been selectively bred to achieve its distinctive bronze color. More information can be found at http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2005-02-13/sports/0502130128_1_black-salty-goldfish-bait.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program by calling the ShareLunker hotline at (903) 681-0550 or paging (888) 784-0600 and leaving a phone number including area code. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.
Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. All fish accepted into the program become official entries whether spawned or not, and anglers still receive all program prizes.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass, a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations and a recap of last year's season, see http://tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available.
Information on current catches, including short videos of interviews with anglers when available, is posted on www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.
On the Net:
ShareLunker Program information: http://tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker
Treating Barotrauma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEeQrsHcwf8
Black Salty baitfish: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2005-02-13/sports/0502130128_1_black-salty-goldfish-bait

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Lynn Wright, (903) 938-1007, lynn.wright@tpwd.texas.gov; Timothy Bister, timothy.bister@tpwd.texas.gov, (903) 938-1007 ]
Feb. 4, 2013
Giant Salvinia on the Move in East Texas
Infestations spotted at four area lakes
ATHENS--Giant salvinia, a non-native invasive aquatic plant, has been found at several lakes around East Texas over the past few months, leading to concerns over how quickly the destructive plant is spreading.
Since October 2012, giant salvinia has been found at boat ramps on Lake O' the Pines, Lake Wright Patman, Lake Gilmer, and Lake Murval. This has led to increased efforts by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries District 3A staff to inspect boat ramps for invasive plants and remove them before they can become established.
Giant salvinia is usually spread unknowingly by boaters when the plants cling to their boats and trailers. A probable source of giant salvinia in East Texas is Caddo Lake, where the giant salvinia coverage is particularly high this winter. Most ramps on Caddo are currently covered in giant salvinia, and it is almost impossible to launch a boat without covering the trailer with the invasive plant. A single plant transported on a boat trailer from one lake to another can lead to a new infestation.
Giant salvinia can severely limit fishing and boating access as well as displace native beneficial plants that are used as habitat by fish. Once it becomes established in a lake, it is nearly impossible to completely remove. TPWD crews have been successful in eradicating giant salvinia in some lakes when it was spotted early and confined to the area immediately around a boat ramp, but the best way to prevent it from infesting a lake is not to introduce it at all.
All boaters should learn to identify giant salvinia as well as other invasive species that occurs in Texas waters. Most importantly, boaters should remember to clean their boats and trailers before leaving the boat ramp. Transporting giant salvinia, along with other invasive species, is prohibited by law and punishable by a fine of up to $500 per violation.
For more information on invasive species visit http://www.texasinvasives.org or the Inland Fisheries District 3A page on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/tpwdifmarshall.
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Feb. 4, 2013
TPWD Proposes Changes to Mule Deer, Pronghorn Seasons
AUSTIN -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering an experimental landowner controlled harvest pronghorn buck season. Wildlife officials are also proposing an extension of mule deer season under Managed Lands Deer Permits as part of recommended changes to the 2013-14 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.
TPWD staff recommended extending mule deer season on MLDP properties through the end of January. Staff also proposed implementing an experimental pronghorn buck-only harvest under the existing season length and bag limit without permit requirements in three herd units in the Panhandle.
The potential changes are intended to increase recreational opportunity, decrease regulatory complexity where possible and provide for the sound biological management of the wildlife resources of the state.
Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted through the department's Internet web site and at upcoming public meetings to be scheduled around the state.
TPWD Statewide Public Hearings
TPWD Statewide Public Hearings
All meetings start at 7 p.m.
March 4
--Alpine -- Kokernot Lodge, 400 N Harrison St.
--Jacksonville -- Norman Activity Center, 526 E Commerce St.
March 5
--Dickinson -- Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 FM 517 E
--Fort Stockton -- Pecos County Civic Center, N Hwy. 285
March 6
--Dallas/Fort Worth -- Cabela's Allen, #1 Cabela's Dr.
March 7
--Corpus Christi -- Texas A&M Corpus Christi, NRC Rm. 1003, 6300 Ocean Dr.
--Van Horn -- El Capitan Hotel, 100 W Broadway
March 11
--Lufkin -- Angelina County Courthouse, 159th District Courtroom, 606 E Lufkin Ave.
--Lubbock -- Texas Agrilife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM1294
March 12
--Dalhart -- Dallam County Courthouse, 414 Denver Ave.
--San Antonio -- Lions Field Community Center, 2809 Broadway
March 13
--Houston -- Sheldon Lake State Park Regional HQ, 14500 Garret Rd.
March 14
--Austin -- TPWD Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Rd.
--Pampa -- Gray County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Courtroom, 205 N Russell