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.

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Opening day of Texas’ 2021-22 Archery Only season for whitetail deer falls on Oct. 2. The general season gets underway statewide roughly a month later on Nov. 6. For Texas’ 770,000-plus deer hunters, the next few weeks won’t pass fast enough.

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Excitement among Texas dove hunters always spikes as August fades to September because they know good times and hot barrels are just around the corner. Opening day of dove season begins at 30 minutes before sunrise on Sept. 1 in the state’s north and central zones; Sept. 14 in the south zone.

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

Just a reminder, Aug. 15 is the deadline for application submissions in the archery deer, archery mule deer, javelina, private land pronghorn and pronghorn categories of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Drawn Hunt program.

ATHENS — Water level is 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s, low 90s.

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

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

ATHENS — Water level is about normal level and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

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It’s only July, but fall’s cooler weather and the long line of hunting seasons that come with it will be here before you know it. Whether you are a hardcore hunter looking to explore new territory, a novice without a lease or simply restricted by a limited budget, now is a great time to head…

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

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Bassmaster Magazine recently unveiled its annual rankings of America’s Top 100 bass lakes and there are some familiar names on the list. The rankings include the Top 10 overall picks and a breakdown of the Top 25 lakes in the Central, Southeastern, Western and Northeastern geographic regions…

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

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

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Modern hunters may not realize it, but there was a time when the bobwhite quail was a feathered fixture in East Texas. Quail numbers were particularly good in rural areas of the Pineywoods, where row-cropping was once a way of life for people like Tim Boatman, a Nacogdoches native whose fami…

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

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

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We’re coming off a waterlogged May in parts of Texas, and early June is forecast to be pretty soggy, as well. Likewise, rising water and above-normal lake levels are hot topics across much of the state these days.

The Memorial Day weekend proved extremely busy for Texas game wardens, despite severe weather, including storms, downpours and flooded rivers in some areas. Boating incidents statewide surpassed last year’s Memorial Day weekend numbers in almost every category.

ATHENS — Water level is 7 inches high and fairly clear.