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New Texas hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

New Texas hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

If you plan to hunt or fish in Texas after August 31, you need to purchase the 2019-20 licenses. New licenses go on sale Thursday, August 15, and may be purchased from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department online, by calling 800-895-4248, or in person at 28 law enforcement field offices, more than 50 state […]

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Llano River bass samplings

Llano River bass samplings show definite signs of recovery

The Llano River is showing signs of recovery from the October 2018 flood. The latest indication comes from fish samplings in late June by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department aquatic biologists. They conducted the survey on the Llano River near Castell and found large numbers of juvenile largemouth and Guadalupe bass now present in the […]

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William Leach benefit catfish tourney

Catfish tourney for boy with rare disease nets 1,200 pounds

EDITOR’S NOTE: In an earlier version of this article, it was written that Nelson DeSpain donated part of his winnings to the family, but that was incorrect. He donated all of his winnings to the family. DailyTrib.com apologizes for the error. The catfish were biting June 28-29 during the William Leach benefit tournament, which brought […]

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Catfish tournament benefits 1-year-old with rare disease

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON If you’re going catfishing this weekend, why not do it for William Leach and his family. The 1-year-old Llano boy suffers from a rare disease: congenital bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria syndrome. (more…)

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists conducted fish surveys during a multi-day sampling trip on the South Llano and Llano rivers. The study was done with the Llano River Watershed Alliance in March to see how fish populations were recovering from the October 2018 flood. Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State parks department sees life rebuilding in Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are more optimistic about fish populations in the Llano River after a recent multi-day sampling trip with the Llano River Watershed Alliance. (more…)

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The boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park will be closed until March 2019 as it is repaired. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Traction issues on Inks Lake boat ramp to be fixed, but it will be closed until March 2019

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS HOOVER’S VALLEY — The steep grade of the boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park causes problems for drivers and pedestrians. For drivers trying to back their boat in or out of the water, gaining traction is nearly impossible. (more…)

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Texas hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Whether you plan to hunt in the “Deer Capital of Texas” or need to stock up on shells for dove season, Aug. 15 is the first day to purchase Texas hunting and fishing licenses for the upcoming seasons. (more…)

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Granite Shoals redefines ‘active fishing’ in city parks

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Tying a fishing line to the end of a pole and leaving it unattended is no longer considered “active fishing” in Granite Shoals city parks. City Council approved changing the ordinance Nov. 14 after the Granite Shoals Police Department asked for a stronger definition. (more…)

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Sunrise Beach resident Tim Webb recently released his catch — a 71-pound blue catfish — back into Lake LBJ following an official weigh-in with Texas Parks and Wildlife noting the record-breaking fish. Courtesy Photo

Sunrise Beach man catches record blue catfish with rod and reel on Lake LBJ

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER Fisherman’s Prayer: “Lord help me catch a fish so large that even I in the tell of it never need to lie.” SUNRISE BEACH — Tim Webb says on Dec. 22, he got “lucky” when he crossed paths on Lake LBJ with a “lazy” blue catfish. Around 5:30 p.m. that […]

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking the Llano River with rainbow trout this winter.

Winter weather brings plenty of rainbow trout in Central Texas

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Move over bass (and catfish) because rainbow trout are coming. While the largemouth bass and other warm water species rank as top angler targets most of the year, when the temperatures drop, anglers are often left wondering what to do until spring. (more…)

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The annual stocking of Lake Buchanan with hybrid striped bass fry was carried out March 21 by the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. Shown introducing the fish into the lake is LBCC member and fishing guide, Max Milam, of Ken Milam Fishing Guide Service. This year’s stocking consisted of 1 million of the fry and brings the total number stocked into the lake by the LBCC over the past 10 years to more than 9 million. Visiting anglers are harvesting large numbers of keeper-size hybrids with new lake records being established and re-established within short periods of time. Courtesy photo

Lake Buchanan has healthy resurgence; state of the lake is June 21

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — Lake Buchanan has experienced the spectrum of ups and downs the past several years, going from historic low inflows to four open floodgates recently, leaving people wondering, “How is Lake Buchanan doing?” (more…)

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State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR UPDATE: The State of the Lake program scheduled for May 17 has been postponed due to possible severe weather. It has been rescheduled for June 21. Go to www.lakebuchanancc.org for more information.   BUCHANAN DAM — A little wind made the difference in whether Lake Buchanan’s white bass population survived the […]

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LCRA opens new boat ramp at Muleshoe Bend on Lake Travis

SPICEWOOD — The Lower Colorado River Authority has opened a new boat ramp at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area on Lake Travis, providing boaters with easy access for fishing and other water-based activities. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior Wes Thornton holds the bass that won him the Big Bass award for the biggest fish caught during the Texas High School State Championship at Lake LBJ on March 21. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls student-angler snags Big Bass at championship

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — Marble Falls High School angler Wes Thornton and his brother and partner Jakob Thornton caught only one fish during the Texas High School State Championship on March 21. (more…)

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Matt Nicholas (left) and Chase Hux of New Braunfels Christian Academy are the 2015 state champions thanks to catching five fish weighing 26.15 pounds. They each received a scholarship of $2,500. See tournament results below. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls fishing club big reason other schools are now hooked

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — More than 70 boats with almost 200 student-anglers participated in the Student Angler Federation’s Texas High School Fishing State Championship on Lake LBJ on March 21. (more…)

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Joe Beebee (left) and Will Brady of The Woodlands College Park caught five fish weighing 32 pounds to set a national record at last year’s Texas High School Fishing state Championship on Lake LBJ. This year’s event returns to the Highland Lakes on March 20-22. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Highland Lakes quite a catch for fishing state championship

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — A two-year commitment of having the Texas High School Fishing State Championship in the Highland Lakes was extended to a third year last March. (more…)

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Chris Hooten (left) and Lyle Schmidt of the high school fishing club in Marble Falls hold the two fish weighing 6.4 pounds that won a tournament on Lake LBJ in January. Courtesy photos

Student-anglers compete at Lake LBJ tourney

GRANITE SHOALS — A beautiful sunny day did not equal a great day on Lake LBJ for the high school fishing club in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Cottonwood Shores boat ramp on Lake Marble Falls officially opens

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF COTTONWOOD SHORES — City officials gathered under sunny skies Jan. 27 on Lake Marble Falls to officially open the Cottonwood Shores Public Boat Ramp. (more…)

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Colby Orton (left) and Craig Dodson finished first in the Christmas tournament on Lake Marble Falls conducted by the fishing club at Marble Falls High School on Dec. 13 with three fishing totaling 10.92 pounds. Dodson also won the Big Bass award with a catch of 4.9 pounds. Courtesy photos

Student-anglers finish 1-2-3 at Lake Marble Falls tourney

MARBLE FALLS — Nineteen anglers participated in the Christmas tournament at Lake Marble Falls conducted by the local high school fishing club Dec. 13. Every two-person team had one fish. The tournament had a three-fish limit, which was a big challenge for the anglers, club sponsor Craig Orton said. (more…)

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The Texas Park and Wildlife Department will stock the Llano River with rainbow trout Dec. 17. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Christmas stocking of rainbow trout perfect gift for Llano River anglers

FROM STAFF REPORTS CASTELL — The rainbows are getting stocked in the river with care in hopes that anglers will soon be there. Well, it’s not exactly how the “Night Before Christmas” goes, but for folks looking for a little fishing this Christmas season, it sounds perfect. On Dec. 17, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department […]

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Angelo State University student-anglers Logan Clark (right), a 2011 graduate of Marble Falls High School, and his fishing partner, Matt Freeman, finished 29th at a regional fishing tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn with a catch weighing a total of 7.9 pounds. Courtesy photo

Former Marble Falls student-angler makes regional tourney for ASU

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BEAUMONT — Angelo State University anglers Logan Clark and Matt Freeman finished 29th out of 50 teams at a regional fishing tournament Oct. 25-26 on Lake Sam Rayburn. Clark, a 2011 graduate of Marble Falls High School, and Freeman caught four fish weighing 7.9 pounds. (more…)

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Marble Falls graduates sixth at Red River fishing tourney

Marble Falls High School graduates Austin Ellis (left) and Ben Stripling competed in their final high school fishing tournament Oct. 25. The two competed in a regional tournament on the Red River in Bossier City, La., where they finished sixth thanks to catching three fish that weighed 7.7 pounds. Bryan Ellis was the team’s boat […]

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Bob Garst (left), who lives on Lake LBJ, shows off a Northern pike he caught during an August trip to Lake Nippising and the Upper French River in Ontario, Canada, with his guide, Billy. Garst, his wife, Lily, and several friends make the annual trip. This year, Garst and Kingsland resident Tyrone Powers faced off for the Golden Hook Award, which goes to the man who lands the most fish on the trip. Garst edged Powers 88 to 74. Courtesy photo

Golden Hook, bragging rights on the line with Kingsland anglers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — What started seven years ago as a get-away trip for Bob Garst and his wife, Lily, has grown into a tradition for the couple and several other Highland Lakes folks. But it’s also become a bit of a competition when the group fishes the Upper French River and […]

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Inks Lake State Park offering night and dog hikes in August

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Hit the trails at night or take a morning excursion with your pooch at Inks Lake State Park in August. The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West. Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older; $3 for Texas residents 65 and older; and free for children […]

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Summer fishing can be good with these expert tips

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LAKE LBJ — The summer heat has descended upon the Highland Lakes and will likely remain a daily constant until at least September. The sometimes 100-degree days can often mean an end to angling, but it doesn’t need to be that way. (more…)

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Lake Buchanan enthusiasts stock hybrid striped bass, contribute more to lake

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — Over the years, Lake Buchanan earned a reputation as a top spot for hybrid striped bass fishing. But fans of the fish feared that, without additional stocking efforts beyond what the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does, the population would slip below strong angling levels. But thanks […]

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