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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Nov. 16, 2018
Texas Game Wardens Honored for Life-Saving Heroics at Annual Law Enforcement Awards
AUSTIN - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith honored several men and women for their outstanding acts of service at the 14th annual Law Enforcement Division Awards Ceremony.
The ceremony recognized Texas game wardens, non-commissioned TPWD employees, first responders from other agencies and members of the general public.
"We are extremely proud of our game wardens, our fellow first responders and members of the public who exemplify professionalism and service by assisting our citizens," said TPWD Law Enforcement Division Director Col. Grahame Jones. "Our game wardens routinely respond during highly stressful situations and are often times the first to arrive during natural disasters or search and rescue scenarios."
This year's award recipients include game wardens who showed outstanding displays of teamwork and leadership in response to medical emergencies. Among the many heroic efforts recognized, include:
During a March 2018 shooting incident in Bowie County, a game warden's quick and heroic actions saved the victim's life. After being told the victim was dead and the suspect barricaded inside a house, the game warden saw the victim move and make sounds. The warden instructed a local police officer to cover him and, without regard to his own personal safety, pulled the victim out of harm's way, and provided critical first aid until EMS arrived on the scene. The warden then returned and coaxed the suspect to surrender peacefully.
On Lake Tawakoni in April 2018, game wardens responded to a 911 call of a boat capsizing in heavy winds, with a man trapped under the bow of the overturned vessel. With aid from a DPS helicopter, wardens rescued the elderly man, who was soaked in gasoline and suffering from hypothermia. After loading the victim into an ambulance, wardens learned from the man that his brother was also onboard. They returned to the lake and located the brother clinging to a floating buoy, also bringing him to safety.
In December 2016 on Falcon Lake, game wardens responded to a shots fired call involving two boats on the U.S. side of the lake. With assistance from other law enforcement, wardens recovered a shooting victim onboard the vessel and then rescued one of the occupants who was discovered clinging to a buoy suffering from shock and hypothermia.
Other heroic lifesaving efforts recognized include the rescue of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and an undocumented alien suffering from heat-related injuries in a remote area of Brewster County; saving a 9-month-old in a near drowning incident; providing critical first aid and assistance to car crash victims; and several water-related rescues.
Also recognized was former Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Margaret Martin for her ongoing commitment and dedication to Texas game wardens. Martin created the Texas Game Wardens Citizens Academy and serves as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's liaison for the Gear Up For Game Wardens program.
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Nov. 16, 2018
Seasonal Rainbow Trout Stocking Begins Statewide Nov. 30
AUSTIN - After a long, hot summer, many Texans are looking forward to going outside and enjoying the long-awaited cool weather this holiday season. Starting Nov. 30, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be stocking thousands of cold weather-loving rainbow trout at ponds, lakes and rivers statewide so that family members of all ages can enjoy the crisp seasonal air and catch a feisty, colorful sport fish for fun or to prepare a tasty meal.
With 170 locations being stocked throughout the state, from El Paso to Texarkana and everywhere in between, most Texas anglers are likely to find a place close to home to enjoy catching these fish and spending time in the outdoors.
For urban and suburban families in major cities, Neighborhood Fishin' lakes offer some of the best opportunities to catch rainbow trout this winter. TPWD manages 19 Neighborhood Fishin' lakes statewide in most major urban centers, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. These lakes are stocked with rainbow trout every two weeks and offer plenty of amenities so that family members of all ages can enjoy a fun and relaxing day fishing and connecting in nature.
Families looking to spend a day or weekend exploring a Texas State Park can add fishing to their list of activities, as 22 state parks throughout the state will receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout this winter. Many state parks offer excellent fishing amenities such as fishing piers and shoreline access, cleaning stations, and equipment rentals for tackle and kayaks or canoes. As a bonus, state parks are the only locations in Texas that anglers can fish for free without a fishing license.
For anglers interested in tailrace fishing, TPWD will be stocking rainbow trout below several dams and spillways, which often have very cool water and provide excellent conditions for trout fishing. This year, TPWD will stock rainbow trout into the Canyon Tailrace on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake, the Lewisville Tailrace located on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River below Lake Lewisville, and the Possum Kingdom Tailrace on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake.
Other stocking locations include dozens of local city and county managed park ponds, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center casting pond, and several rivers including the Frio, South Llano and Guadalupe rivers and the Clear Fork of the Trinity River.
Rainbow trout can be caught on a variety of baits and lures. Depending on an angler's experience level and interest, they can be caught using simple, light tackle or on hand-tied flies using a fly rod. Other tips to consider when trout fishing include arriving early to stocking sites on stocking days, maintaining a safe and courteous distance from fellow anglers, keeping an array of baits and lures nearby and having ice available when harvesting trout to keep fish fresh.
TPWD will be stocking a total of 322,568 rainbow trout at all locations from Nov. 30 through the beginning of March. Because rainbow trout are unable to survive in Texas after the winter, anglers are encouraged to keep up to their daily bag limit of five trout. Rainbow trout are an attractive, tasty fish found on many restaurant menus, and anglers can easily find recipes to prepare these fish online.
In Texas, children under 17 fish for free, but a fishing license is required for adults in the family.
An angler fishing in a Community Fishing Lake or from a dock, pier or jetty within a Texas State Park may use no more than two poles. The statewide bag limit is five trout, except on parts of the Guadalupe River where special limits are in effect.
For more winter trout stocking program angling tips, to find a rainbow trout fishing location near you, or to find stocking dates visit tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking.
For pictures of trout stocking, visit Flickr here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmTggvN.
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Nov. 16, 2018
Two New Neighborhood Fishin' Lakes to Open in the Houston Area, Starting this Trout Season
HOUSTON- Just in time for rainbow trout season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is opening two new Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in north and southeast Houston to offer fun and convenient fishing opportunities to families in the city.
"Fishing is a great 'gateway' activity to increase interest in the outdoors, and it's an excellent way for friends and families to make memories and connect in nature," said Mark Webb, TPWD Inland Fisheries District Supervisor for Houston-College Station. "Because they are located close to home in urban areas, Neighborhood Fishin' lakes are the most convenient way for Houston-area families to get started fishing or for experienced anglers to share the enjoyment of fishing with a child or friend."
Starting Nov. 30, these lakes will be stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout every two weeks to provide families with fishing fun throughout the winter. The fish are easy to catch and the perfect size to eat for those interested in preparing a nutritious, lake-to-table meal.
One of the new Neighborhood Fishin' lakes is located in southeast Houston, at Burke Crenshaw Park in Pasadena; and the other is in north Houston at Herman Little Park, between Aldine and Spring. Both lakes feature small fishing piers and paved or natural shoreline trails for bank fishing access. The two new lakes bring the total number of Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in the Houston area to four, including Community Park Lake located southwest of Houston in Missouri City and Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy.
"Houston is the most populous city in Texas and one of the most diverse cities in the country, and as it continues to grow it's becoming increasingly important to provide access to nature for families in the city's urban and suburban areas," Webb said. "With the addition of the two new Neighborhood Fishin' lakes, high-quality fishing opportunities will now be available to families year-round all across the city."
In addition to being managed for high quality fishing, Neighborhood Fishin' lakes are located in parks with ample parking, restrooms, lighting and plentiful recreational amenities to ensure an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Families who want to get started fishing at a Neighborhood Fishin' lake can find stocking dates, tips on getting started, and fishing license information at neighborhoodfishing.org.
In Texas, kids under 17 fish free, but a fishing license is required for adults. Fishing licenses cost as little as $11 for resident one-day, all-water access. They are available for purchase at local retailers or at tpwd.texas.gov/buy. All revenue goes toward keeping fish and local water bodies healthy and thriving. People can catch up to five rainbow trout per day, with no length limits.
The Neighborhood Fishin' program is supported by proceeds from the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, Sport Fish Restoration funds, and local partners including the Timber Lane Utility District, Pasadena Parks and Recreation, Harris County Precinct 3 and Missouri City Parks and Recreation.
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