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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…

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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…

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The three-week spring turkey season in 13 East Texas counties with a legal season rolled to a close May 14. It wasn’t exactly a banner year for harvest across the board, but it was significantly better than 2019, said Jason Hardin, wild turkey program leader with the Texas Parks and Wildlife…

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

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

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Alabama-based BASS recently announced the 2021 Bassmaster Classic is coming to Texas. The March 19-21 tournament will be held on Lake Ray Roberts, a 25,600-acre reservoir near Denton.

It’s domino time for whitetail deer across Texas. Does that were successfully bred last fall and winter usually give birth to their little ones in late spring or early summer unless something bad happens to spoil the pregnancy.

Fishing is supposed to be enjoyable, not an endurance contest or a lesson in exercising patience. In my book, nothing rings the bell any louder in the fun-fishing arena than bluegillin’ does.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS — Water level is about full pool and fairly clear. Surface temp in the upper 70s.

Anyone who has spent much time around me knows I’m a bass junkie at heart and a topwater nut from way back. I like to catch bass any way they’ll bite, but I would rather fool them with a surface lure than any other way.

Save the trip if you were planning to attend the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission’s upcoming work session and regulatory meeting set for Wednesday and Thursday at the department’s Austin headquarters.

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

NACOGDOCHES — Water level about full pool and stained to muddy. Water temp in the low-to-mid-70s.

NACOGDOCHES — Water level about a foot high and dropping, clarity is stained to muddy. Water temp in the low 70s.

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and slightly stained to clear. Water temp is in the mid-60s.

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River Johnson, of Huntington, and Maverick Winford, of Humble, are among 49 high school anglers from 33 states recently named to the Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors.

PALESTINE — Water level is 6 inches high and muddy up north, clearer down south. Water temps ahead of the front ranged from the low 60s around 70 later in the day.

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

PRADCO Outdoor Brands and Simms Fishing Products have joined the budding list of companies around the country that have shifted production schedules and operations to produce supplies in support of doctors, nurses and other health care workers battling from the front lines in the war against…

The private recreational angler red snapper season opens June 1 for a projected 63 days in federal waters. Red snapper fishing is open year around in state waters. The season length is based on historical landing data, last year’s fishing effort data and the state’s allocation from the 2019 …

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