PINES — Water level is about five inches low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 31/2 feet and clear. Surface temp in the upper 70s.

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Not much epitomizes the rogue ways of Mother Nature any better than the vicious circle of life that frequently plays out in the wild. Making a living off the land is a constant fight for survival where guarantees of seeing another tomorrow simply don’t exist.

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The 2020-21 statewide archery only season for whitetail deer opened Oct. 3. Folks in the know are saying it should be a good one thanks to good range conditions and the timely arrival of mild fall weather that has whitetails on the prowl.

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

FORK — Water level is about 1.55 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is a foot high and clear. Water temp in the mid-80s.

ATHENS — Water level is about full pool and clear. Water temp in the mid-to-upper 80s.

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Licensed Texas anglers have through Sept. 30 to apply for a limited number of permits to harvest trophy-class alligator gar from the Trinity River in East Texas as the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Alligator Gar Harvest Authorization drawing application process enters its second year.

FORK — Water level is 1.52 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Since day one, the Trump administration has prioritized recreational access to public lands, particularly for hunting and fishing. These two great American pastimes have formed the bedrock of the nation’s wildlife conservation efforts, generating more dollars for habitat protection and resto…

LIVINGSTON — Water level is at full pool and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is at full pool, slightly stained and 92 degrees. Crockett Family Resort says bass fishing has been good to 7.10 pounds in about 15 feet of water at night. Several bass in the 4-6 pound range reported on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigs and cranks. Some schooling acti…

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It’s early August and the clock is ticking down toward another Sept. 1 dove season opener. Dove season in most of Texas gets underway on a Tuesday this year. It’s not the best timing for working folks, so some may have to sit out opening day. Fields will probably be busier the following week…

ATHENS — Water level is about one inch high and clear. Water temp in upper 80s.

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Safety and social distancing protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic helped take a big bite out of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s overall freshwater hatchery production numbers this spring, but the setbacks didn’t stop one Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Lunker from making a slew of little ones.

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ATHENS — Water level is 2 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is 3 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

It is no secret among crappie fishing buffs that sinking brush piles far from shore are a great way to forge some really good fishing holes while enhancing the habitat at the same time. Unfortunately, the practice has been known to stir up an occasional feud between fishermen, particularly o…

Tommy Ellis, of Athens, Louisiana, topped a record field of more than 1,800 anglers to grab the top prize in the Bass Champs Mega Bass big bass tournament held July 19 at Lake Fork.

ATHENS — Water level is 7 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Jake Norman and Todd Driscoll are Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fisheries biologists by profession and diehard bass junkies at heart. It’s in their DNA to always ask why, then turn to sound science to look for reliable explanations.

Branden Rannekleiv, of Reeves, Louisiana, weighed in a 12.41-pound bass on Day 2 of the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash held July 10-12 on Toledo Bend to take first place in the 34th annual event.

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One of America’s favorite food fish that also ranks high on the hit list with freshwater fishermen all across the south is at the center stage of ongoing discussions between Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fisheries biologists and the state’s tightly woven catfish angling fraternity.

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Bassmaster Magazine recently released its annual rankings of America’s top bass fishing destinations, only with a different twist from past.

ATHENS — Water level is nearly 3 inches low and clear. Water temp in the mid-80s.

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Each summer, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department staff place leg bands on thousands of mourning and white-winged doves to monitor the factors that influence populations. Information from hunter-reported bands, or “recoveries,” provide estimates of harvest and survival rates, which are used…

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ATHENS — Water level is an inch low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

Veteran bass pro Tommy Martin, of Hemphill, has seen some strange things happen on the water during a decorated career dating back to the early 1970s. He is still scratching his head after what went down in his Nitro bass boat earlier this month.

‘PINES — Water level is 6 inches high and stained up north, clearer down south. Water temp in the upper 80s.

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Translocation is nothing new to the toolbox of strategies used in wildlife management. Experts have relied on the technique for years to help restore native wildlife populations of different kinds, cultivate new ones or to supplement those that already exist. It’s a laborious task that has w…

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is looking to expand public access to fishing and paddling on Texas rivers through leased access agreements with streamside landowners. Private streamside properties are essential to achieving this goal, and TPWD is requesting applications from lando…

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SAM RAYBURN — Water level is about four inches low and fairly clear. Water temp in the mid-80s.

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Texas lakes, bays and rivers have seen a significant uptick in fishing traffic since early March, but not just because spring is a season that meets with some of the year’s best fishing prospects. With thousands of people off work during the coronavirus scare, many folks who don’t normally f…