Texas is a huge state bustling with public hunting options on more than 1 million acres of land. The properties include state-owned wildlife management areas, national forests, Corp of Engineers property, private lands under lease by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and several nati…

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Huntington bass pro Keith Combs weighed in a three-day total of 63 pounds, 3 ounces on 15 bass to top a field of 136 anglers in the MLF Toyota Series Southwestern Division bass tournament held April 28-30 on Sam Rayburn. He won $36,764.

ATHENS — Water level is about 6 inches high and clear on the main lake, stained in the coves.Water temp in the mid-60s.

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

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Julie Brown, of Lubbock, has caught big fish before, but none to compare to the whopper that came calling shortly after daylight on the first morning of the 37th Annual Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash held April 16-19 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in East Texas.

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Hundreds of taxidermy mounts representing of some of the state’s top scoring whitetail bucks and other big game animals taken during the 2020-21 hunting seasons will be on display at a series of Sportsman’s Celebration banquets hosted in the upcoming weeks by the Texas Big Awards Program.

ATHENS — Water level is 4 inches high and slightly stained. Water temp in the low 60s.

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

More than 1,700 amateur anglers anted up to cast for cash in the 2021 Bass Champs Mega Bass event held March 28 on Lake Fork, but only a handful of them found the big ones biting. Nine bass at the top end of the lake’s 16-to-24-inch slot limit were brought to the scales.

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

On March 24, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission took emergency action to change the bag and size limits on spotted seatrout in the Upper and Lower Laguna Madre due to the coastal freeze and subsequent fish kill in February 2021. The new regulations for spotted seatrout in the bays and…

Wild turkeys always get in the mood for love as winter’s drab landscape gives way to the brilliant colors of another spring. Likewise, spring turkey hunting seasons are scheduled to coincide with peak breeding periods when gobblers are revved up on testosterone and most responsive to calling.

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It’s been a banner year for Toyota ShareLunker Legacy class entries. Legacy ShareLunkers are female largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more that are caught from Texas waters between Jan. 1 and March 31.

ATHENS — Water level about 6 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

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It was a sunny Saturday with light winds at Lake Tawakoni and the big blue cats weren’t firing for James Evans as they had been. Just four days earlier, on March 2, the 47-year-old fishing guide and two lady clients had enjoyed a remarkable day of fishing that produced a boat load of whoppers.

Texas hunters, as well as fresh and saltwater anglers, should make note of upcoming deadlines for filing public comments on several proposed regulation changes made earlier this year as part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s 2021-22 statewide hunting and fishing proclamations.

ATHENS — Water level is 7 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low to mid 50s.

Some of the nation’s top bass proswill be on Sam Rayburn Reservoir on March 21-26 as Major League Fishing starts its Bass Pro Tour season on the 114,000- acre reservoir.

Chronic wasting disease was recently discovered in a free-ranging, 81/2-year-old mule deer buck in Lubbock County, marking the first positive detection of the disease in the county. In coordination with the Texas Animal Health Commission, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working to…

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s, low 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is about 5 inches high with water temps in the 40s and stained due to heavy snow melt.

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Jack Frost always brings some of the nastiest weather of the year to Texas. We’ve already gotten a really good dose in 2021. Most recently, a historic Valentine’s Day blitz that crippled the state amid a long-lasting polar vortex packing sleet, snow, freezing rain and the coldest temperature…

ATHENS — Water level is about 41/2 inches high and stained. Water temp well into the 40s with the cold snap.

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Kirby Lake is hardly the best little lake in Texas for reeling in a whopper bass, but the 740-acre reservoir has been pretty good to Roy Saunders of Abilene.

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The Texas Big Game Awards program scored entry deadline is closing in for lucky Texas hunters who harvested qualifying whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, javelina or bighorn sheep during the 2020-21 hunting season.

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches high and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s, low 50s ahead of the front.

The 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season is barely a month old. Surprisingly, the lunker bunkers at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens are already bustling with a small army of bass with some serious weight problems.

ATHENS — Water level is about 5 inches high and stained. Water temp in the upper 40s, low 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is 61/2 inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 50s, upper 40s.

ATHENS — Water level is 0.57 feet high and stained. Water temp is in the upper 40s.

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The 2021 Toyota ShareLunker program is off and running. Texas Parks & Wildlife’s spawning and genetics research program accepted two Legacy Class entries from Sam Rayburn and Lake Austin in less than a week.

Anyone who likes a good story about a young hunter and a salty ol’ whitetail buck is sure to love the tale behind the Rains County whopper Jared Bagley, of Emory, brought down with his bow and arrow during the early days of the 2020-21 archery only season.

ATHENS — Water level is about 71/2 inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 50s, upper 40s.

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ATHENS — Water level is 9 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.