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ATHENS — Water level is 1.32 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

Winning the Bassmaster Classic trophy and the top prize of $300,000 that comes with it is considered the height of accomplishment among pro anglers. Think of it like winning the Super Bowl, just on a different type of field.

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Some fishermen are masterful storytellers. The smart ones are equally sharp when it comes to sifting through tackle shop trash talk and fairy tale fishing reports that sometimes circulate the internet.

ATHENS — Water level is 1.13 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

ATHENS — Water level is about 9 inches low and clear. Surface temp in the upper 80s, low 90s. Bass are schooling early and late, hitting topwaters and small moving baits. White is working best. Outside grass lines giving up a few fish on jigs and shaky head worms. Crappie are slow on deep br…

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Word travels lightning fast these days when somebody reels in a really big fish. It’s spooky to think what may have happened had social media and email been around in back in February 1986, when Lake Pinkston kicked out a 16.90-pound state record largemouth.

An enormous smallmouth/largemouth bass hybrid caught last winter by Lake O.H. Ivie fishing guide Brady Stanford, of Midland, has been officially named a world record by the International Game Fish Association. The IGFA is well known as the official record keeper of fresh and saltwater fish c…

ATHENS — Water level is 8 inches low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

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A congratulatory tip of the hat to Montgomery teens Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford. The Lake Creek High School seniors teamed up to win the 12th Annual Major League Fishing High School Bass Fishing National Championship held recently on Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama. The co-ed team toppe…

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

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

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It’s not every day you catch a 50-pound flathead catfish on rod and reel. The piscatorial giants are frequently caught by trotliners using live perch for bait or hand fishermen brave enough go rooting around in their spawning dens.

Brett Preuett, of Monroe, Louisiana, and Ben South, of Jasper, topped 145 teams to win the Bass Champs Texas Shootout on June 26 at Sam Rayburn.

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

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department executive director Carter Smith recently announced he will retire effective January 2023, ending a nearly 15-year tenure that strengthened private lands stewardship, expanded state parks and wildlife management areas, bolstered conservation, law enforcem…

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

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The 2022-23 hunting season for whitetail deer is still months away. Whitetail junkies might be wondering how all the hot weather and lack of moisture across the state is impacting the deer.

Shaine Campbell and Wyatt Frankens weighed in 47.43 pounds over two days to top 81 teams in the Texas Team Trail Championship held June 11-12 on Choke Canyon Reservoir. They won a new Ranger Z519 bass boat and contingency bonuses valued at $65,599.

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

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Dan Bennett, of Pottsboro, hasn’t started doing a rain dance just yet, but it’s heavy on his mind. With summer’s oppressive heat bearing down and much of the state in some stage of drought, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department district fisheries biologist and others with close ties to B…

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

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

Longview’s Lee Livesay was the heavy fan favorite to grab the biggest prize the Simms Bassmaster Elite Series event held May 19-22 at Lake Fork, east of Dallas. He didn’t disappoint.

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Water safety advocates always designate May as National Water Safety Month. The week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday is dubbed as National Safe Boating Week.

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

ATHENS — Water level is 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the 80s.

It’s been an eventful spring for bass derbies on Texas lakes. Dozens of anglers at varied competition levels have come away winners with some nice paychecks in their pockets in exchange for reeling in a few fish.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is currently racing through Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support. RAWA could bring $50 million to the state to help protect wildlife, restore land and give Texans more ways to enjoy the outdoors.

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and clear. Water temp in the 70s. Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass fishing has been good shallow using small spinnerbaits, Senkos and weightless Flukes. Brush piles in 20 feet also giving some good quality on Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are in trans…

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Pro angler Hayden Heck of Lufkin brought a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale on Friday to win the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. at Lake Sam Rayburn and earn the top payout of $75,300, including the $35,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus.

ATHENS — Water level is about 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the 70s.

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Genetics testing has confirmed that an 11.07-pound black bass caught on Feb. 22 at Lake O.H. Ivie by Brady Stanford, of Midland, is an F1-hybrid of a smallmouth bass crossed with a largemouth bass. The DNA testing was carried out at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Analytical Serv…

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Texas deer managers and landowners interested in joining Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Managed Lands Deer Program, or renewing an existing plan under the program’s Conservation Option or Harvest Option for the upcoming 2022-23 hunting season, should make note of the enrollment dates.

ATHENS — Water level is about 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the mid-to-upper 60s.

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With legal costs mounting and emotions high, East Texas deer breeder Robert Williams is continuing a battle to prevent the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department from depopulating his prize whitetail deer herd of 500 animals held captive behind high fence at the RW Trophy Ranch in Kaufman and…

ATHENS — Water level is about 5 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

ATHENS — Water level is 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 60s.

The Texas Animal Health Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial pheasant flock in Erath County. This is the first confirmation of HPAI in Texas.