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AUSTIN – Fish are biting as the weather warms up, and many Texans are eager to get outdoors to reel in bass, catfish, redfish and other sport fish.
With 15 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes stocked with catfish and more than 70 Texas State Parks with fishable waters, finding a place to fish in Texas is easier than ever. Plus, anglers of all ages are reminded that they don’t need a fishing license to fish inside state parks, which offer fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat.
If you’re new to fishing or want to introduce your children to a new way to enjoy the outdoors, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers fishing lessons through the Go Fish! and Fish With-the-Ranger programs. These free interactive workshops teach the basics of angling and give an overview of the different types of fishing equipment.
In the Texas Hill Country, Inks Lake State Park west of Burnet, will host a “Fishing with the Ranger” program from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Friday throughout the summer. A similar hands-on fishing workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Wichita Falls.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish events will be held at several state parks, including Cedar Hill (9 a.m.-noon, June 15) and Lake Tawakoni (9 a.m.-Noon, June 15). For a complete list of summer fishing derbies and events, workshops and other fishing-related activities, visit: http://www.texasstateparks.org/fishing.
Some state parks even offer a “fishing test drive” with loaner equipment. Find one of 30 state parks near you and other sites that loan out rods, reels and fishing tackle to use for free for up to seven days by visiting: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/angler_education/tackloan.phtml
TPWD brings fishing close to home by stocking fish in a number of local parks and ponds through its Neighborhood Fishin’ program. TPWD partners with local governments in 10 Texas cities to stock channel catfish approximately every two weeks in small neighborhood lakes. In San Antonio, for example, anglers can fish at Miller’s Pond on the southwest side of town and Southside Lion’s Park on the southeast side.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Fishin’ program and where to go “wet a line,” visit: http://www.neighborhoodfishin.org. Remember, if you’re 17 or older, you will need a Texas fishing license.
Let sea breezes keep you cool as you cast into the surf or wade fish at a coastal state park. Explore fishing opportunities and other park offerings at these four coastal parks: Galveston Island, Goose Island, Mustang Island and Sea Rim.
Throughout the year, two fishing-centric TPWD facilities – Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens – celebrate fishing and support Texas fisheries. Both fishing centers host occasional catch-and-release fishing events, but invite visitors year-round to tour their nature centers, hatcheries and wetlands areas, and learn about conservation efforts.
To see fishing photos taken in Texas State Parks and elsewhere, visit TPWD’s Flickr pages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/texasparkswildlife/5247180748/in/set-72157625564009586/
To view a YouTube video that tells the story of the Go Fish! and Learn-to-Fish programs in Texas State Parks, visit: http://youtu.be/xcAJ7YS-Jwo. For the Spanish version, visit:
To view a Video News Release about how to get started fishing, visit: http://youtu.be/CBIornYLod0
For a high resolution download of the video news release on the TPWD site, click on the link: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/
For downloadable fishing J-peg images, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/news_images/?g=oam_fishing
I live just north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and I bowfish some of the lakes and rivers near my house. What I run into every year are folks that cheer me on for getting rid of carp in their favorite lakes, and others who look at me like they would love to see me impaled by a fish arrow. Such is the life of a bowfisherman…
If you find yourself on heavily trafficked water this year, which is likely given such a late spring, here are a few ways to keep a low profile while still enjoying fast action. I’m not advocating hiding away while engaging in a perfectly legal activity (always check local and state regulations), but instead presenting a positive image to those recreational boaters who might witness you skewering a few bottom feeders.
If bobbing up and down in the jet ski and pleasure boat wakes isn’t your thing, consider sneaking into backwaters and weed-choked bays to get your bowfishing fix on popular waters.
First, bowfish early in the morning. This is partially to avoid the crowds, and as an added bonus, I don’t have to sit there bobbing in the wakes of countless jet-skiers and plowing mini-yachts as they course back-and-forth through the lake. Second, I find areas that aren’t recreational-boater friendly. These weed-choked, out-of-the-way places also tend to hold carp, gar, and other roughfish, which is a bonus.
Sometimes I simply opt to wet-wade smaller rivers, or trailer to lakes that are electric-motor only. Both are great options for ditching the crowd and can provide plenty of bowfishing action.
On a last note, although it may be a pain in the neck to bowfish more popular bodies of water, many of those lakes and rivers are teeming with roughfish that see very little bowfishing pressure. If you can tolerate a few sneers from passing pleasure boaters, you just might find yourself with sore shoulders and bloody clothes from all of the action, which is definitely worth it.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A state record rainbow trout was recently caught by Tony Corbin of Gerrardstown, W.Va., according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Corbin caught the 30.5-inch, 17.31-pound fish from a private pond in Berkeley County on May 2, 2013. He caught the record rainbow using a swimbait on 10-pound test line.
Corbin’s catch establishes a West Virginia record for weight. The previous weight record for rainbow trout was a 15.65-pound fish caught by Aaron Propps from another private pond in 2005. The state record length remains a 31.7-inch rainbow caught by John P. Arnett in 1993 at Stonecoal Lake.
Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2013 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information is also available online at http://www.wvdnr.gov.
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