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Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a real pleasure keeping tabs on the heartbeat of Texas bass fishing for more than three decades. Perhaps the biggest highlight has been seeing the dreams of so many anglers come true thanks in large part to the efforts and tenacity of the late Bob Kemp.

ATHENS — Water level is 3 inches high and stained. Water temp in the upper 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is around 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the 50s after the cold front.

It happens each winter, usually about the time the general deer season wanes. Some good opportunities roll around for predator and hog hunting junkies to put their money where their mouths are and test their skills against others who share the passion for life on the wild side.

PINES — Water temp in the upper 50s and fairly clear.

CEDAR CREEK — Water level is 1.63 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s, high 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is 3 inches high and fairly clear. Water temp the low 60s, upper 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is about 2 inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the 60s.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife’s 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season winds to a close in less than a month. Anglers who properly documented qualifying fish during the last 12 months have until midnight Dec. 31 to enter their catches in the big bass program and become eligible to win some valuable prizes.

ATHENS — Water level is about 2 inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the upper 50s, low 60s.

ATHENS — Water level is about full pool and clear. Water temp in the 60s.

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Deer hunters in 21 south-central Texas counties are reminded that is mandatory to report all antlerless deer harvests during the upcoming a four-day antlerless-only season that falls over the Thanksgiving holidays, Nov. 25-28. The same rule applies during the early archery, youth-only and mu…

ATHENS — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

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Word on the street is that early bird Christmas shoppers looking for outdoor gear should tend to business sooner than normal this year, especially those who do their shopping online.

ATHENS — Water level is 1 inch low and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

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The freshwater fishing industry is mourning the recent loss of a key player, great friend and a champion tournament angler/lure designer whom many consider to be the best natural talent to ever cradle a baitcaster or spinning reel.

ATHENS — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

ATHENS — Water level is about 1 inch low and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

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It happens every fall. Days grow shorter, nights longer and outside temperatures cooler. Whitetail bucks, all sporting their newest calcium crowns, go on testosterone tangents that sometimes take them places they normally might not go and cause them to make silly mistakes they usually would …

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Quail season begins statewide Oct. 30, but outside of South Texas, bobwhite and scaled quail populations continue their long, slow road to recovery following several years of drought. Based on results of summer roadside surveys, experts say hunting opportunities and success will vary across …

ATHENS — Water level about full pool and clear. Water temp the low 70s.

ATHENS — Water level is 2 inches low and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s. Fishing guide Jim Brack says school bass have been active on points, hitting small Flukes, white spinnerbaits and topwaters. Outside grass edges in 8-12 feet holding better quality fish on Senkos and jigs. Crappie a…

William DeWare of New Braunfels topped a field of 850 anglers to win the Sealy Outdoors Fall Shootout Oct. 9-10 on Sam Rayburn.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fisheries scientists recently launched a pilot study at Toledo Bend Reservoir aimed at finding an explanation as to why hydrilla and other types of aquatic vegetation have not rebounded after vanishing from the Texas/Louisiana border lake roughly six years ago.

ATHENS — Water level is about full pool and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

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Sealy Outdoors recently held its 35th annual Big Bass Splash at Lake Fork and a handful of anglers found the big ones biting.

ATHENS — Water level is about 2 inches low and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the mid 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is at full pool and clear. Water temp in the mid 80s.

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.

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The fishing industry recently said goodbye to a dear friend, tournament legend and craftsman of some of the finest bass baits ever tied to a fishing line. A family bid farewell to a loving husband, father, grandpa and mentor.

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FORK — Water level is 8 inches low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.