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Volume 13, Issue 7

Northern blast pushes ducks

KERR WMA DEER: Jason DeNunzio, who got a nice buck during a public hunt at Kerr Wildlife Management Area this month. Photo from Jason DeNunzio.

Public deer hunters happy with harvest By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Those lucky enough to be drawn for public deer hunts are reporting successful harvests across the state — with some bagging sizable deer. Jason DeNunzio, who hunted Kerr Wildlife Management Area earlier this month, said that his experience was far better than at his deer lease in Medina County. “I had the hunt of my life,” said DeNunzio, of Brazoria. “I shot a buck. He’s almost 140 inches.” Please turn to page 16

NICE CANVASBACK: North Zone hunters had good success after a cold front pushed more birds into the state. Harrison Fox, a senior at Baylor University, dropped this canvasback on his hunt in Limestone County. Photo by Michael Cannaday.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News When Jeff Elder of Silver Creek Guide Service in Weatherford was checking his spots and working on duck blinds before

the North Zone opening two weekends ago, he wasn’t seeing many ducks. Several of his hunts have surprised him. “We expected to see nothing on the opener, but, surprisingly,

we did real well,” he said. “The main reason we went is because we were still brushing blinds. We found a bunch of birds in the Decatur area, but with the full moon, they came in and left before shooting time. Later in

the morning, they started coming back.” Elder’s group saw good numbers of gadwall, wigeon and teal, along with a lone, immature mallard drake. “The guys were so giddy to see Please turn to page 5


Crappie getting active

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With water temperatures beginning to drop, crappie anglers are seeing fish movement and better fall fishing. Crappie fishing has improved greatly over the summer, said angler Charles Dewey. “It’s starting to pick up. The brush piles have been pretty active.” Dewey, a crappie fisherman who frequents the Guadalupe River lakes near Seguin, said COOLER MEANS HOTTER: Crappie are beginning fish could be found between to feed more aggressively, and chartreuse jigs 12-15 feet of water on lakes have been working for crappie anglers. Photo Dunlap, McQueeney and Plac- by Lone Star Outdoor News. id. from those fishing at Canyon The magic color for catching Lake as well. crappie right now is chartreuse, The best time to fish on the whether the lure be jigs or road river lakes is between 6-9 a.m., he runners, he said. Fair reports of said, adding he caught 60 crappie crappie fishing are coming in

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Migratory birds aren’t the only things flying across the Texas coast this hunting season. A rumor quickly spread that hunting had been banned on part of Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose, supposedly, was to keep airboats off the marshy grass. It turns out the rumor is false, although it contains kernels of truth. A faulty map of the state’s public hunting sites may have ignited the rumor, said Dan Walker, who oversees hunting on Matagorda Island for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Confusion over hunting at Matagorda Island


A stinging problem

First deer

Controlling wasps in deer blinds. Page 4

Master’s student bags buck with LSONF. Page 6

“The map was printed to show where you could hold inland hunts,” Walker said. “The area off that was misconstrued as marsh lands that were closed to hunting.” Walker said the public hunting map was fixed to end the confusion. Future maps, though, could show a small area where hunting is banned as U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials would like to turn a few hundred acres of the island into a safe haven. FWS owns and manages the island as well as the nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. FWS officials have begun discussions with TPWD and others about closing hunting on Please turn to page 19


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More birds excite pheasant hunters By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Pheasants continue to rebound in the Texas Panhandle, and better hunting, beginning on Dec. 3, is expected. Several years of drought hampered the bird in past years, and last season saw a slight rebound, according to a pheasant forecast prepared by Pheasants Forever. Terry Cook of Straight Line Outfitters is more optimistic than that. “We went yesterday (Nov. 21) and the pheasant crop looks phenomenal, almost like the good old days,” he said. “At one farm, we stopped at a grass corner, got out of the vehicle and flushed 14 pheasants.” Cook hunts primarily in Moore County near Dumas and Etter, and to the east in Hutchinson County near Stinnett. “We thought it would be better last year,” he said. “Despite the rains, the pheasants were slow to bounce back, even though the quail and turkey numbers improved. I don’t know what happened last year; I think maybe the chicks drowned.” Calvin Richardson, District 2 Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the birds have been on a gradual uptick since the droughts of 2011-2013. “It was one of the worst droughts ever and really knocked them in the head,” he said. “There was a slight recovery in 2014 with rainfall that approached average, and above-average rainfall last year helped pheasants a little.” Roadside counts, consisting of visual counts on 20-mile drives taken in the early morning, were just completed by TPWD, and showed a moderate increase of birds this year. “Last year, the counts showed 4.7 birds per 20-mile route,” Richardson said. “This year, the average was 6.3 birds per route (a 26 percent increase). In our hey-

day, we would see up to 120 on a route.” Richardson said the Lubbock area saw a good increase, along with Randall, Deaf Smith and Swisher counties. The highest counts were in Dallam, Hartley, Sherman and Moore counties. Dane Swinburn of Tule Creek Outfitters said his hunting areas near Tulia look real good. “We’ve a couple of favorable spring in a row and timely rains in the spring and summer,” he said. “We had more grain last year than in quite a few years and that helped. We’ll have quite a few birds to hunt this year.” Richardson said reports to the TPWD office have been favorable. “Landowners and biologists have been seeing a few more birds this summer, including some localized concentrations,” he said. “Pheasant hunters should find fair to good hunting opportunities this year, especially in areas with irrigated grain crops adjacent to good cover such as playas or CRP that has not been hayed or grazed.” Some counties will be better than others for pheasants, Richardson said. “As usual, some of the better pheasant numbers will be found in Dallam, Hartley, Hansford, Sherman, Ochiltree, Deaf Smith, Moore, Carson and Roberts counties,” he said. “Although a little more inconsistent in distribution, Swisher, Briscoe, Castro, and Parmer counties will be supporting a few birds in localized situations.”

Pheasant Season Dates December 3, 2016 through January 1, 2017 Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 6

ROOSTERS ON THE RISE: Improved conditions over the past two years should result in more pheasants for hunters to chase when the season opens in the Panhandle Dec. 3. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Waging war on wasps

Man killed while working deer

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

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Wasps make deer hunting a pain for Texas hunters every year. Predawn hunters are likely to be greeted by a crawling mass of wasps on the ceiling of a blind. Different remedies have been proposed over the years — medicated cow fly tags, fumigators, hot shot pest strips, etc. — with little success. Basically, some oldfashioned spray com- DEER HUNTER’S NIGHTMARE: After sneaking into a blind in the early mornbined with a little sci- ing, hunters often look up and notice a swarm of yellow jackets on the ceiling, seeking warmth. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. entific knowledge is the best approach. ing nests, he said. People can still get Charles Allen, a Texas A&M Agrilife stung though if they accidentally brush entomologist at San Angelo, said wasps up against them. are attracted to deer blinds this time of So what’s the best way to deal with year because they are looking for a warm them in blinds? Allen recommends killsheltered place to survive the winter. ing wasps with a spray insecticide in late While masses of wasps crawling inside afternoon or evening when the sun is a blind may look intimidating, they are low. Wasps have poor eyesight at night fairly docile because they aren’t protect- and don’t like to fly then. So if they are Please turn to page 27

Cole McNeese, a 23-year-old graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville, died on Nov. 10 after working with white-tailed deer at a ranch. According to reports, the Beeville resident was helping a neighboring ranch and was involved in moving deer from pen to chute. A deer impacted him or the shield he was using, causing trauma to McNeese’s head when he fell. McNeese’s employer, the Diamond T Ranch, posted the following on its Facebook page: “Yesterday the Diamond T Ranch lost not only a team member but an important part of our ranch family, Cole McNeese. Cole was a wildlife manager here at the Diamond T for the past 14 months and was instrumental in our day-to-day operations. Early Tuesday morning, while assisting another ranch with working deer, Cole suffered severe injuries which he later succumbed to. Our hearts and prayers go out to Cole’s family and friends as they go through this difficult time.”

Photo from Diamond T Whitetails, Facebook

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ducks they couldn’t hit anything,” Elder said. Since the opener, Elder’s hunts have been hit or miss. “The next day, we had few ducks, but the third day, we wore them out,” he said. A group of six Baylor University students headed to Limestone County and hunted a large, flood control lake with smartweed around the edges. The group topped 20 ducks each day during the weekend of Nov. 19-20, including six mallards, several teal, a few canvasbacks and wigeon, and a host of ringnecks and shovelers. Hunting until 11 a.m. each day, they had action all morning. “It was my first time to duck hunt and I’m definitely hooked,” said Michael Cannaday, a junior finance major from Irving who grew up hunting deer, quail and dove. Blake Mahon had the majority of the decoys and Ace, a good dog. We saw lots and lots of birds.” The second day, the variety of ducks was more diverse, and the 20 ducks included most duck species in the area. “We had a group of 20 mallards circling and they kept getting lower and lower,” Cannaday said. “A teal came right into the spread and Blake yelled not to shoot it. The guy on the end didn’t hear him and shot it — the mallards took off.” In Ellis County, Brent Karrington saw a lot of redheads and ringnecks the opening weekend, but the cold front pushed them out. The second weekend of the season, the group had fair numbers of gadwall and wigeon. “We had no wind on Sunday and few came in,” he said. A snowstorm in the Dakotas, along with good reports from areas near the Red River, gave hunters farther south hope that more birds are on the way.

A BIG DAY: Ace, the black lab of Blake Mahon, made many retrieves over the Nov. 19-20 weekend in Limestone County. Photo by Michael Cannaday.

Landowners asked to participate in questionnaire


Texas private landowner needs, preferences and concerns in operating and managing their land and natural resources is the purpose of a brief online questionnaire. The survey was developed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department committee and Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. The electronic survey is available through Dec. 20 and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. It is accessible at Texas has more than 142 million privately owned acres and thousands of landowners, each having their own objectives in managing their property,” said Dr. Bill Eikenhorst, chairman of TPWD’s Private Lands Advisory Committee. “With the help of private landowners who participate in this survey, we are hoping to find better ways to serve and meet their land management needs.” Participation in the questionnaire and individual responses will remain confidential.



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First hunt for master’s student in wildlife biology By Craig Nyhus

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Kelsey Davis is a master’s student at Texas A&M-Kingsville, but had never hunted. A call from Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation to Dr. Fred Bryant, the endowed director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at the university, fixed that. As part of a group of four new hunters at the Williams Ranch in Atascosa County, now she has hunted, and experienced both the joy of harvesting her first buck and the anxiety of one that is hard to find after being shot. Davis was born in Austin and attended high school in Taylor. At Texas A&M University in College Station, she studied rangeland ecology and management. Her master’s research studies the effects of the Eagle Ford Shale formation on quail. “I always wanted to do something outdoors,” she said. “I fished a little bit, my cousins hunted a little on my grandfaNEW HUNTER FOR LIFE: On her first deer hunt with the Lone Star Outther’s farm, and my older brothdoor News Foundation, Kelsey Davis took awhile to get her bearings er hunted dove as a teenager.” on the shooting range, but bagged her first deer on the first evening Davis’ shooting experience of the hunt at the Williams Ranch in Atascosa County. Photos by was slight. Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News. “I shot a rifle with an ex-boyfriend, at hunters ed and with a spent some time looking, the decision was girlfriend,” she said. The trip to the range before the hunt made to call in the dogs. “Kenny Everett has dogs and he’s working didn’t start off well, possibly complicated by the number of people watching as she at the ranch next door,” said Brad Williams, one of the ranch owners. took her first shots. The call was made and during the late “At the shooting bench, I missed the whole target the first two shots,” she said. night, Davis tagged along as the dogs attempted to sniff out the deer. “I was shaking and my eye was twitching.” “The dogs headed through the brush but A switch was made to a youth model .308 donated to Lone Star Outdoor News Foun- weren’t getting on a trail,” Davis said. “Then dation by Mossberg, and her next shots we went back near the area where I shot. I heard a bark and knew it was good news.” were true. The deer had returned to within 50 yards “The different rifle helped and I settled of where the shot was taken before expiring. down,” Davis said. Davis was relieved. It was time to go hunting. “Before Darrell saw him the first time, “On the first evening, there were a few deer but they didn’t give us a shot,” Davis I was starting to wonder if I missed him,” said. “Then, at 5:55 the deer was behind she said. “I didn’t want a wounded deer out us in the blind. We did a 360 in the blind there, and I wanted a picture with my first and he turned broadside a few times before deer.” At the cleaning station, Davis was no novI decided to shoot. I wasn’t nervous and felt pretty good about the shot. I didn’t feel like ice. “I worked at the Faith Ranch for part of I flinched.” The buck ran into the brush after the shot. their research,” she said. “I gutted between “We couldn’t find any blood,” Davis said. 10 and 20 deer. I just didn’t get to shoot Her guide, Darrell Cox, headed into the any.” Davis will finish her master’s in August of brush and spooked the buck. “He could hardly run, he was definitely 2017, and plans to work for a public land agency or as a wildlife biologist. injured,” Cox said. And she will be a hunter. After several other members of the group

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Two ships sunk for RGV Reef By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Last year, Lone Star Outdoor News wrote about an effort headed by several Rio Grande Valley individuals to establish a nearshore reef off of South Padre Island. The reef would serve as a location that does more than attract adult fish, but would be a true brood location where red snapper may be born and live to adulthood. After more than two years of work at a hectic pace, last week two ships were dropped to the ocean floor. “We sunk the Gulf Explorer, a shrimp boat and The Sting, a tug boat,” Bob Glick, of Pharr, said. While the ships were relatively easy to sink on the calm and perfect day, the ef-

fort to get to that point was substantial. “We got permitted in 16 months, and it usually takes three years,” Glick said. “The Coast Guard had to prove the vessels were seaworthy, etc.” Daniel Bryant of Bryant Industrial Services worked to “make ready” the vessels. “We cleaned them up, and basically anything that’s not steel needs to come off of the boat,” Bryant said. The goal of the reef supporters was to get ships in place on the 1,600-acre reef this year. “We hustled up some investors, including TIFT (the Texas International Fishing Tournament), and we worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” Bryant said. “We purchased a tug boat and a shrimp boat, got them ready and sank them beautifully. They are sitting straight

REEF UNDERWAY: A shrimp boat and a tug boat were sunk on the new, 1,600-acre Rio Grande Reef, located 13.9 nautical miles north of the South Padre Island jetties, 7.4 nautical miles offshore in water with an average depth of 64 feet. Photos by Priscilla Jean West.

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Choke Canyon bass on the rebound By Robert Sloan

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COMING BACK: Large numbers of bass are being landed at Choke Canyon Reservoir, although most of the bass being landed are on the small side. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Choke Canyon Lake is like the forgotten golden egg of South Texas. In its prime, back in the early ’80s, this was the go-to lake for thousands of anglers looking to tangle with big bass. But times changed. Lake levels dropped and rains missed the small watershed for the lake. Choke Canyon now is just over 19 feet low and 41 percent full. But the good news is bass fishing is still excellent. The bad news is that about 90 percent of the largemouth bass being caught are in the 12- to 14-inch range. Dennis Lala just recently fished a Bass Federation tournament on Choke. “We probably caught 100 bass in one day,” he said. “The fishing is incredible. But if you’re in a tournament and looking to catch tournament-quality fish it can be a little rough.” For the tournament, the winning one-day bag of bass weighed right around 19 pounds. “We fished the dam area and stuck close to weed beds,” Lala said. “That’s where the water is clear, and there is a ton of hydrilla to fish. We started out fishing chrome traps but couldn’t get away from the small bass. They would attack the lure on every single cast. So we switched over to a peanut butter and jelly Gary Yamamoto worm rigged Texas style with a 1/8-ounce weight. That’s how we caught some better bass.” The fish are there. The lake has produced at least 13 fish topping 13 pounds over the years. The lake record weighed 15.45 pounds. She was caught on Jan. 21, 2009 by Brad Bookmyer with a crankbait. When full, Choke covers about 25,670 acres. Right now Please turn to page 14

Wacky world of the redfish diet By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Cleaning a redfish is not anything unusual, but at times things can get a little freaky. A redfish is known to eat just about anything that won’t eat them first. On that menu are snakes, mice, rats and even sand dollars. One redfish was filletted this past summer that had nine plastic jigs in its belly. “We had just got in from a trip to the jetties,” said Benny Judice, a Port O’Connor guide. “We were lined up at

the cleaning table and in the process of filleting a number of reds. One of my clients was helping out. He mentioned that the fish he was cleaning had a jig in its belly. I didn’t think that was too unusual. Then he found another, and another and another. Sure enough, we pulled nine jigs out of the belly of that one redfish. And most were all rigged on lead head jigs with hooks. Now that’s kind of crazy.” That’s probably the luckiest redfish in the world. Or more like Houdini. “Over the years I’ve found all sorts Please turn to page 15

EASY FISH TO FOOL: Benny Juidice landed a redfish with nine jigs in its stomach. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Lone Star Outdoor News The maker of Line Cutterz, Vance Zahorski, made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank Nov. 18. After taking a good deal of heat, Zahorski walked away with a deal. The product is quite simple, and maybe a little gimmicky to some, at least based on Facebook comments. It’s a ring with razor- TAKING HEAT: Vance Zahorski of Line Cutterz made his pitch to ABC’s sharp cutters buried Shark Tank. Photo from Shark Tank. inside, allowing anglers to cut any size John Daymond, though, was intrigued fishing line without risking cuts to their and offered the $120,000 for a 40-percent fingers. interest. “I was sick of dealing with rusty fingerZahorski asked, “Is there any chance nail clippers,” Zahorski told the Sharks. you would do it for 25 percent? “It’s a way to cut line safer and faster “You didn’t hear what I said,” Daythan anything out there.” mond replied. The Wisconsin native who grew up Cuban looked up and said, “Ask him fishing sought $120,000 for a 20 percent for 33 percent. Sixty percent of a wainterest in his company, which reached termelon is better than 20 percent of a $280,000 in sales in its first full year. grape.” “I had taken a job in Austin that was Zahorski took Cuban’s advice and an flexible,” Zahorski told Lone Star Outdoor agreement with Daymond was reached. News. “When the product started growThe show was taped in June, Zahorski ing, I moved back to Wisconsin where said, and he is working with Daymond’s I have a lot of support from family and team, called The Shark Group, on future friends. I hope to get back to Austin plans. soon.” “We have a whole list of products and Demonstrating his product, Zahorwe’re mapping out what we’re going to ski set up metal buckets held by fishing do,” Zahorski said. “We are introducing line from 20-pound mono to 100-pound a flat mount cutter that you can mount braid, and easily cut away the line from to a boat console or even a sewing maeach, causing the buckets to fall to the chine.” studio floor. Was he nervous when appearing on The Sharks took turns jabbing at Zathe show? horski. Kevin O’Leary was critical of “I got a little bit of cotton mouth,” Zahorski for shunning an offer from Zahorski said. “It’s the real deal in there; Walmart at a much-reduced price point. they even have you meet with a psycholLori Greiner agreed, saying others could ogist before taping to make sure you can undercut the $12 price for Line Cutterz, handle it.” since Zahorski’s cost per unit is $1.68. Mark Cuban was critical of Zahorski dabbling in apparel.

Habitat improvement on Granbury, Possum Kingdom and Proctor Thanks to collaboration between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Brazos River Authority and other supporters and volunteers, new habitat enhancements designed to provide better fishing opportunities and improve habitat for a variety of fish species are in place at Lake Granbury, Possum Kingdom Lake and Proctor Lake. Several different kinds of enhancements, including artificial structures made of recycled plastics and natural structures made of recycled bamboo and Christmas trees, have been deployed recently on these three popular reservoirs. While fishing has long been a popular activity at all three lakes, environmental conditions such as golden algae, drought and the natural reservoir aging process can affect fish populations, according to Brian Van Zee, TPWD Inland Fisheries Division regional director. “These habitat enhancement projects will offer improved areas for spawning and feeding and provide cover from predators to help fish grow to maturity.” On Lake Granbury, 100 fish habitat structures were placed at various locations in early October, including 70 “crappie condos” or plastic buckets of concrete with bamboo placed in them. The other 30 structures deployed in Lake Granbury are called Mossback Safe Havens. The fish habitat structures were placed around the

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Rough Creek fishing pier, adjacent to the 144 bridge and around the City of Granbury fishing pier off of Business 377. At Possum Kingdom Lake, TPWD has been partnering with the BRA and two chapters of Friends of Reservoirs (Hells Gate Bass Club and Mineral Wells Bass Club) for several years to enhance fish habitat, including placement of artificial reefs and brush piles and planting live aquatic vegetation. Artificial reefs were built at the following locations: Rocky Hollow, located off a hump in 10 to 18 feet of water when the lake is full; Bee Creek, located in a ridge in 10 to 20 feet of water when the lake is full; and Peanut Patch, following a 12 to 15 foot contour when the lake is full. Proctor Lake in Comanche County is no stranger to the drought-flood cycles that affect West Texas reservoirs. To tackle the fish habitat issues, TPWD, BRA, USACE and volunteers worked to create recycled Christmas tree brush piles and eight reeflike areas. About 130 artificial structures and 19 brush piles were placed in strategic locations. GPS coordinates and maps depicting the locations of the habitat improvement projects are available on the TPWD website. —TPWD

earlier in November and kept 15. “These crappie seem to be hitting statewide,” Dewey said, adding anglers tell him they are moving up the creeks in the northern part of the state. In the Central Texas, Bill Muntz, a crappie angler and taxidermist in Temple, confirmed fish movement with the water temperatures hovering under 70 degrees. At Lake Waco, he reported the fish were holding in about 10-15 feet of water near brush piles and biting on any jig. Looking forward, winter fishing for crappie can be good at some lakes, Muntz added. When the water temperature dips, the fish move deep at lakes like Palestine and Fork. Fish tend to be more concentrated in about 25-30 feet of water and congregate near dams. Anglers need to use a heavier weight on lines, but will likely find the fish eager to bite as they gear up for the spring

spawn. While this spring was tough for crappie fishing because of the large areas fish had to spawn, Muntz anticipates a banner year for crappie fishing come spring 2017. Ample rainfall and plentiful bait this year should make for fantastic crappie fishing in the coming year. To the east, Butch Covington, a guide out of Toledo Bend Reservoir, said with the lake temperature holding at more than 70 degrees, crappie fishing has been on the slower side. His last fishing trip saw 20-40 crappie caught on live shiners, tubes and jigs. Crappie are holding in 18 feet of water over brush piles. Like others, he anticipates better fishing with cooler weather. “I’m hoping the cool snap does it,” Covington said.


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained upriver; 74 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits at first light and last light on baby bass wacky worms with chartreuse tips fished around grass. Spoons are catching schooling bass in 25–50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines baited with goldfish, perch or minnows. AMISTAD: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 16.90’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, stick baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 71–76 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless flukes, buzzbaits and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and stink bait. BASTROP: Water stained; 74–78 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and lipless crankbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 67–70 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, hollow-body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.68’ low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, crankbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinner baits in reeds. Striped bass are fair on silver and gold spoons and marble spinner baits near the dam. Redfish are good on shad, shrimp, tilapia and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 66–70 degrees: 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinner baits and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.44’ high. All species are slow. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse soft plastics and deep-running crankbaits early and late. Striped bass are good on swim baits and silver striper jigs early. White bass are fair on minnows and

small lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and pink/white crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, minnows and dip bait. CADDO: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzz frogs and hollowbody frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinner baits and top-waters around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on crawfish and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on shad-colored crankbaits, white spinner baits and Texas-rigged watermelon green stick baits over brush piles early. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs over humps at daylight. Smallmouth bass are good on watermelon jigs, green pumpkin tubes, and smoke curl tail grubs. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 66–71 degrees; 1.78’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and spinner baits near shallow cover and docks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 19.29’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in 5–15 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, nightcrawlers and stink bait. COLEMAN: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 77 degrees in main lake; 2.53’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and Senkos. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. CONROE: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinner baits, and crankbaits early and late. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 29.54’ low. Black bass

are fair on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on stink bait and cut bait upriver. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Carolina-rigged soft plastics over grass. Red ear perch are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. FORK: Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 2.73’ low. Black bass are slow. White and yellow bass are slows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs near bridges. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, chrome lipless crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. GRANBURY: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs, hellbenders and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. GRANGER: Water stained; 74– 78 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows along main lake points. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs tipped with crappie nibbles over brush piles. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut bait and live bait. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 66–69 degrees; 0.59’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and small crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. GREENBELT: 31.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters and shad-colored, deep-diving crankbaits in 20 feet, and on blue soft plastic worms around the islands. Crappie are good on live minnows in 20 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and perch in 20 feet. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 73–77 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium-running, shad-pattern crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.60’

low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, top-waters and soft jerkbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 68–71 degrees: 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on weightless flukes, hollowbody frogs and Texas-rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. LAVON: Water stained; 67–70 degrees: 3.10’ low. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon red stick baits, chartreuse lipless crankbaits and plastic swimbaits on creek points. White bass are very good on minnows and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 66–69 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on shaky-head worms, spinner baits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on perchcolored lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and stink bait. MACKENZIE: 73.27’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 2.51’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless stick baits and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MEREDITH: 60.52’ low. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. NASWORTHY: 71–75 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and green spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73–76 degrees; 34.29’ low.

Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and split-shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72–75 degrees; 9.69’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas-rigged worms and weightless flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 73–76 degrees; 0.1’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, Texas rigs, jigs and shaky heads. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on live shad and slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. PROCTOR: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut shad and shrimp. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 66–69 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, spinner baits and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinner baits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 67–70 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and Texas-rigged worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 3.33’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, crankbaits and top-waters off points. White bass are fair on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on stink bait and liver. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. STAMFORD: 0.05’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to

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good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, hot dogs and nightcrawlers. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 68–71 degrees; 2.50’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws flipped in shallow cover and docks. Some fish being caught on hollow-body frogs as well. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. TEXOMA: Water stained; 66–69 degrees; 1.28’ high. Black bass are good on soft and hard jerkbaits, crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 4.70’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and top-waters in 10–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait and blood bait. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on white jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. Yellow catfish are fair on perch. WHITNEY: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on silver slabs, pet spoons, and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on liver, stink bait and nightcrawlers.


Fisherman shows his love for favorite team

BIG FAN: The boat of Charles Williams of DeSoto combines his love for fishing and for the Dallas Cowboys, his favorite football team. Photo by Mike Hughs, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Dallas Cowboys fans are out in force this year, but Charles Williams of DeSoto isn’t a fairweather fan. His boat, his vehicle and his activities revolve around his love for the football team. “We’re part of the Dallas Cowboys Club and the Cow-

boys Life family,” Williams said. “We tailgate at all the games.” The truck driver and Navy veteran uses his days off to pursue his other favorite pastime, fishing, and his boat reveals his loyalty to his favorite team. “It’s just an old school boat,” Williams said. “I restored it and dressed it up and integrated some things with a Cowboys Please turn to page 14

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide. BOLIVAR: Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working birds on soft plastics. Redfish are good on the north shoreline and up the river. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp at Shell Island and Mad Island. PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are fair to good on the

reefs in San Antonio Bay. ROCKPORT: Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on shrimp and crabs. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are good at Shamrock Cove and Pelican Island on top-waters and scented plastics. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. CORPUS CHRISTI: Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small topwaters and Corkies. Redfish and black drum are good in the Humble Channel on live bait. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and Gamblers around rocks and grass on the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are good while working the edge of the Land Cut on top-waters. Redfish are fair to good in the Land Cut on shrimp and crabs. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on top-waters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils in West Bay. SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good in South Bay and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and gold spoons. Snook are fair on shrimp in the Brownsville Ship Channel. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Laguna Vista on scented plastics. Redfish are good in Cullen Bay on scented plastics and DOA Shrimp under popping corks. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER LEARNING A LESSON THE FIRST TIME A Bexar County game warden responded to a call on Calavares Lake that led to citations issued for possession of nine undersized red drum ranging in length from 12-16 inches. The minimum length limit on Calavarez is 20 inches with a three fish daily bag limit. While receiving his citations, all the fisherman would say was, “It was my first time!” Charges pending. NOT KEEPERS Aransas County wardens spotted two anglers fishing in the area next to a sack of 47 undersized spotted seatrout. One person was in violation of not having a valid fishing license in addition to the undersized fish.

CAUGHT WITH A BAD CATCH Williamson County game wardens were checking fishing activities at the Granger Spillway when they came across three individuals loading fishing gear into a truck. Asked how the fishing was, one of the men said he had caught just two and showed them to the wardens. The wardens noticed a cast net and fishing line and hooks attached to two plastic bottles. It is illegal in Texas to use floating “juglines,” fishing devices with line and hooks attached or cast nets to catch game fish.

FISHING FOR ANSWERS Two men loading fishing equipment into a 10-foot jonboat on Lake Pat Cleburne were contacted by a Johnson County warden. The men said they were preparing to go fishing, but neither possessed a valid fishing license. The boat had none of the required water safety equipment either. A check of the boat’s registration showed it to be stolen out of Fort Worth. The stolen boat was seized and the individual who claimed ownership of the boat was placed under arrest and transported to the Johnson County Jail. Charges are pending.

evidence of a small bullet hole in the deer’s chest and determined it had been killed illegally. The warden interviewed nearby witnesses who stated there was a man walking around earlier in the day wearing camouflage clothing. As the warden was conducting interviews, a neighborhood resident wearing full camouflage appeared at the crime scene and began asking questions about the deer. The warden quickly surmised the man to be a potential suspect and began asking questions of his own. During questioning, the man confessed to killing the deer with a .177 caliber air rifle. He had no hunting license, killed the deer out of season, failed to retrieve his kill and did not have hunter education certification. Cases and restitution are pending.

BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME While investigating the death of a deer found on a roadway in a residential neighborhood, a Comal County game warden discovered

A DUCK OF A DIFFERENT FEATHER On the last day of the September teal season, Trinity County game wardens checked a group of hunters on the Trinity River and

The wardens also found a white plastic bag containing undersized crappie and white bass. One of the men admitted to catching the crappie and bass and the other two said they used the homemade fishing devices to catch the rest. All three subjects were cited for not having fishing licenses, fishing by illegal means and methods and possession of undersized fish. Civil restitution cases were also filed.

discovered a pair of wood ducks stashed behind their duck blind. After educating the group about proper waterfowl identification and hunting seasons, cases for hunting and possessing wood ducks in closed season were filed. A DEAD GIVEWAY While patrolling Borden County on opening day of pronghorn season, game wardens heard a shot come from behind them about 100 yards away. When they turned around, they saw a truck on a nearby highway take off at a high rate of speed. The wardens pursued the vehicle and eventually made contact. As they passed the area where the truck was previously stopped, the wardens saw a dead rattlesnake in the road that appeared to have been shot. The suspects were cited for hunting nongame from a public roadway. A SLIP OF THE TONGUE A Frio warden patrolling for illegal dove hunting came upon a group

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of hunters parked near a fence line bordering a pasture. The warden checked the hunters for compliance and noted they almost had a limit of doves that afternoon. The warden conversationally asked if there were more doves flying in the morning or in the afternoon. The hunters replied that the morning was better because they had gotten a limit in the morning. Realizing the mistake, they looked at each other with one hunting asking: “Wait, is that allowed?” Charges were filed and 60 birds were seized. ILLEGAL NET AND CARGO While patrolling commercial shrimp boats in West Matagorda Bay recently, game wardens boarded a shrimp boat to perform a net inspection and observed an illegally sized bycatch reduction device installed in the shrimp net. They also discovered marijuana and paraphernalia in the wheel house of the shrimp boat. Charges are pending.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP Willacy County game wardens patrolling the Port Mansfield area on a recent weekend inspected a large number of recreational boats and bank fishermen. They found a number of violations, including harvesting fish without a license, improperly tagging fish, possessing undersized fish. Red drum, snapper and spotted sea trout were seized during the weekend roundup. Cases are pending. ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER While patrolling Bowie County near Spring Lake Park, a game warden came across an angler. The man said he left his license at home, but a records check revealed that he did not have a valid fishing license. While the warden was completing the citation, the angler left but returned shortly in a car. When the suspect got out of the front passenger seat, the warden spotted a package of what appeared to be synthetic marijuana in the floor of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed 13 packages of synthetic marijuana. The angler and driver of the vehicle were arrested for alleged possession of synthetic marijuana.


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BASS ARE BITING: Although still 19 feet low, boat ramps at Choke Canyon Reservoir, including the ramp in the Calliham Unit of Choke Canyon State Park, are open. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

it’s about half-full. That can give you a head start on finding bass. “There is no doubt in my mind that the big bass are still there to be caught,” Lala said. “The heaviest bass I’ve ever caught was on Choke. She weighed 10.15 pounds and hit a black/red jig with a black/red crawfish trailer. That was 7 years ago.” Keith Anderson has fished Choke for more than 20 years. “This is one of my favorite lakes in the state,” he said. “It’s pretty low right now, but there are plenty of solid fish being caught. It’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It’s an easy lake to fish, thanks to the hydrilla and flooded timber.” Anderson’s favorite lures include flukes, traps and spinner baits. “A chartreuse/white spinnerbait with a willow leaf blade is very good right now,” he said. “We’re slow-rolling them deep along the edge of the hydrilla. That way we can stay away from the smaller bass. Some of the best depths are from 4 to 8 feet. “It’s a great place to take the kids — they will catch a lot of bass.” The best ramp on the lake is located inside the Calliham Unit of Choke Canyon State Park, located seven miles west of Three Rivers on Hwy. 72. It has a six-lane lighted ramp. A park entry fee is required. The park is closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for overnight guests.

Texas pond owners trying to grow big bass in their ponds have a flying nemesis — the double-breasted cormorant. Since 2004, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been issuing nuisance permits to those landowners who can show the birds are harming the fish populations BIG EATERS: Double-breasted cormorants can clean out the forage for bass in in their ponds. small ponds, but depredation permits, previously available through TPWD, are No more. The no longer available. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. TPWD program has been suspended unpond in short order. til further notice, and all control activi“They eat anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds ties previously authorized were ordered to per day per bird,” he said. “If 30 birds cease. come in, they can eat more than 100 A recent federal lawsuit brought by the pounds of forage each day. That adds up Public Employees for Environmental Re- pretty quick.” sponsibility resulted in an order issued The lawsuit was filed after some states, by a federal court vacating or suspending including South Carolina, gave open-endthe USFWS depredation order for double- ed approval to control cormorants “comcrested cormorants to protect public re- mitting or about to commit predation” sources. As a result, all permits issued by on fish in Eastern states. U.S. District TPWD are no longer authorized. Judge John D. Bates called for additional Several customers of Lochow Ranch information on a remedial plan. The lack Pond and Lake Management had ob- of permits affect commercial fishing optained permits to control cormorants erations as well. harming the forage (baitfish) base. “I know of several catfish ponds that “Nobody can get anything right now,” didn’t stock this year because they can’t said Jason Chapman, a biologist with Lo- get a permit,” said John Jones, also of Lochow Ranch. “According to TPWD, every- chow Ranch. thing is on hold.” Any applications to control cormorants Chapman said the cormorants have the must now be from the USFWS Permits Ofability to annihilate the forage base of a fice.

Nonboater heading to Classic Ryan Lavigne, of Gonzales, Louisiana, pulled off a major upset at the 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Conroe. Lavigne won the tournament as an unlikely candidate — a nonboater — and won it by an enormous margin, 16 1/2 pounds. Lavigne bested the field with 58 pounds, 3 ounces over three days of competition. As part of his win, Lavigne earned a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, along with his two closest competitors, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho and Timothy Klinger of Nevada. “I prepared for any boater I could draw,” said Lavigne, who spent his time practicing for any scenario he thought he might encounter with his boaters, which are drawn at random. “Every nonboater out there should see this and realize it’s worth their while,” Lavigne said. “If you’ve been thinking about competing as a nonboater, come out and do it. I just did something nobody thought could happen.” The boater in the championship has ultimate control of where the boat goes, but the nonboater can offer suggestions. Lavigne had a plan for anywhere his boaters might take him, but he also had waypoints marked that he suggested, and his boaters listened. “I had decided that I could do really well flipping boat docks or cranking offshore,” Lavigne said. When on boat docks, Lavigne flipped a Stand-Up Jighead with a Trick Worm or Missile Baits Tomahawk Worm. In offshore areas, he cranked a Strike King 5XD. For his double win, Lavigne earned two prize packages worth a combined $131,820, including the Classic berth. Ocamica caught 41 pounds, 12 ounces for second place, and Klinger caught 37 pounds, 11 ounces for third. —B.A.S.S.

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theme.” On his way to Lake Ray Hubbard, Williams was spotted by Lone Star Outdoor News at Academy Sports and Outdoors buying bait. “I’m originally from Louisiana, was born and raised fishing and a Cowboys fan,” he said. “I usually fish at Lake Ray Hubbard, Lewisville, and I just got back from fishing in Louisiana for a week.” His vehicle also represents his favorite team. “It’s a lifestyle,” Williams said. “I don’t know how much money I have tied up in it. I just want to show my love for fishing and for the Cowboys.” Williams had a few tips for bass fishermen headed to lakes where they are unfamiliar with the territory. “The key is to get to know people who fish the lake,” he said. “Just be friendly and talk to people.”

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of odd things in reds, but one was a little bit different,” Judice said. “A while back we caught a red that had an oil filter ring around its head. It was just past the gills. The fish was growing into the ring. Eventually it would have cut its head off. Another red we caught had a string hanging out of its rectum. I cleaned the fish and found a treble hook on the other end of the monofilament line. It was stuck inside the red. That had to be a little uncomfortable.” The diet of a redfish is not that unusual most of the time. Young reds feed on small crabs, shrimp, and marine worms. As they grow older, they feed on larger crabs, shrimp, small fish, and sometimes their cousins, the Atlantic croaker. They generally are bottom feeders. Guides see a lot of unusual things while on the water. But reds can often deliver an

unexpected surprise ever now and then. Capt. Dodd Coffey was cleaning a redfish a few years back and a rat about 6 inches long popped out of its belly on the cleaning table. Reds also apparently won’t hesitate to eat snakes. Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris said he’s found snakes in a couple of reds. “They weren’t very long, maybe 7 to 10 inches,” Norris said. “ I’m not real sure, but they looked like either a water snake or a moccasin. I’ve also found an empty shotgun shell in the belly of a redfish.” One of the most unusual things to slide down the gullet of a redfish is a sand dollar. Judice says that one of his customers caught a red that had been eating sand dollars — and not just one or two. This particular fish had upwards of 15 sand dollars in its stomach.


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GOING DOWN: A tugboat sinks to the floor of a new, nearshore reef near South Padre Island. Photo by Priscilla Jean West.

up on the bottom.” The reef is approximately seven miles offshore and it’s 14 miles from the jetties to the shrimp boat. Next up is the installation of tons of concrete, limestone and cinder blocks. “We put down cinder blocks more than a year ago,” Glick said. “Now, we have photos of snapper that are less than 10 millimeters long, and as many as 100 at each block. Now, they are the size of your hand and are starting to go to the culverts we placed.” Protection of fish from juvenile to adult is the goal of the project, as well as serving as a model for future reefs. The concept is based on the notion that red snapper juvenile survival is primarily habitat limited, and the fish need the right

size hide-holes and rocks for avoiding predation. Then, the size of the material graduates up to accommodate the fishes main two-year growth cycle. “It’s been proven that it works, but it hasn’t been done on this sort of scale before,” Bryant said. “Lots of people and organizations have spent a lot of time and effort to make this happen, and it’s very gratifying to finally see some results,” Glick said. Bryant said more boats would help establish the reef. “We can work on one or two each year,” he said. “We’re hoping to find a few more like the ones we sunk. But this was a great kickoff for our 1,600-acre reef.”

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Felony charges for man who assaulted game warden Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement officials plan to file felony charges in Bastrop County on 36-year-old Jake Russell Childers for resisting arrest and assault on a state game warden attempting to make an arrest. Childers was wanted on eight outstanding felony arrest warrants, and was suspected of involvement in illegal hunting activities. A Bastrop County game warden initiated a surveillance operation near the home of a known relative. In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 13, the game warden observed Childers leaving the home in possession of fishing gear walking toward an area known to be a local trouble spot for trespassing and fishing on private ponds without landowner consent. After requesting backup from local law enforcement, the warden made his way to a location he suspected Childers to be headed.

Due to concerns the individual was about to flee the area, the decision was made to initiate contact with the suspect prior to backup arriving on scene. As the game warden attempted to put him in handcuffs, Childers resisted arrest and assaulted the game warden. After an intense struggle, Childers escaped into thick woods nearby. An extensive manhunt followed and Childers, with help from his sister, 34-year-old Dusty Lynn McBride, managed to elude law enforcement for two days before being apprehended in Austin. At the time of his arrest, Childers had numerous outstanding felony warrants out of Live Oak County on various charges, including assault and burglary. —TPWD


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DeNunzio said this was the first time he’d been drawn, but it was worth the wait. He has hunted in other states and considered the Kerr public hunt first-class. His buck marked the 100th he’s harvested in his lifetime. DeNunzio and another hunter were assigned 630 acres to hunt. His partner passed up two harvestable bucks because he was waiting on something bigger. DeNunzio said he didn’t see a lot of deer, but those that showed up were nice. The experience made him a fan of Texas public hunting, which he would highly recommend to hunters. “I would tell them they need to try it,” he said. Evan McCoy, a biologist who helps with Kerr WMA hunts, added that many of the hunters were complementary of the hunts. A three-day hunt like the one DeNunzio participated in costs $80. Hunters on public hunts go through an orientation and are required to wear orange. They are allowed to use bait corn at Kerr and may bring their own portable blinds, although there are blinds on the property. Ryan Reitz, area manager at Kerr WMA, said the goal is for the hunters to be successful. So far, that’s been the case. Reitz said 16 hunters were out the second week in November and harvested 15 whitetails and one axis deer. Also, hunters help provide valuable research information on how the rut, habitat and hunting pressure affect deer. The top end of deer at Kerr is around 150160 inches, but 170-inch class deer aren’t out of the question, Reitz added. In East Texas, the news was also good. Aaron Friar, who lives in Austin, was thrilled to get a great buck during a five-day drawn hunt at Alazan Bayou WMA that set him back all of $130. “Actually, I harvested the biggest buck I’ve ever harvested in my life,” Friar said. “It

was definitely a great trip.” Friar likes to use tree stands, so he brought his own for the hunt. “He walked right under me,” he said, of his buck. He added that the guy next to him got a nice 8-point buck as well. Friar said this year marks the first time he has been selected for a drawn hunt, although he has been hunting on public lands with the $48 public hunting permit for the past six years. Friar has never hunted on a deer lease. “Here’s my theory on that — there are hunters who have money, and there are hunters who have time,” he said. Public land hunting requires hunters to study the area and means long periods of not seeing game, but it’s inexpensive. The only concern with hunting on public lands is it is not possible to know who’s out there or gauge his/her level of experience. Because of that, Friar said he’s always careful. “Safety is definitely a concern,” he added. However, drawn hunts are a different story. They are controlled with hunters being given a designated area to hunt, which lowers the risk. Allen Pride, another hunter who was drawn for the Alazan hunt, is an old hand at public hunts. This marked his fifth drawn hunt. “The Texas special hunts are the best-kept secret in Texas hunting. I’ve been very happy with every hunt I’ve been on,” he said. Pride, who spoke while hunting in the field, was anticipating having a good hunt after seeing a buck estimated to be 140-150 inches and perhaps 10 points. He and his wife saw the buck 60 yards out, right at dark. Bill Adams, leader of the Piney Woods Ecosystem Project, which includes the Alazan WMA, said most people are pleased with their public hunting experience regardless of success.

Statistics show that last year, 65-75 percent of hunters saw deer in the Piney Woods lands, while 10-24 percent were successful in harvesting one. The eight WMAs that make up the Piney Woods Project include: Alabama Creek, Alazan Bayou, Angelina Neches Dam-B, Bannister, Blue Elbow Swamp, Moore Plantation, North Toledo Bend, and one within Sam Houston National Forest. Combined, the eight WMAs offer public hunting opportunities on 282,803 acres of land managed in whole or in part by the Texas Parks and Wild- YOUNG HUNTER: Colby Whitton successfully shot a doe during a manlife Department and its part- agement hunt at Chaparral Wildlife Management Area. The hunt was ners. free for youth. Photo from Billy Fry. “We’re fairly unique in that we offer public hunting perday, coyotes were barking all around them mits on all but one of the eight WMAs,” in the dark, which made Colby a little nerAdams said. The number of people applying vous. Once in the blind, they waited about for the public hunting permits has gradually 30 minutes and then noticed a doe eating increased over the past five years. corn behind them. Colby was shaking with To the west, Chaparral WMA’s recent excitement. With some coaxing from Billy, management hunt for youth reported good he took a breath and shot the doe through harvest numbers. the shoulder. Stephen Lange, area manager, said the “He was jumping up and down,” Billy WMA had two antlerless hunts over two said. “Oh yeah, we’re going to do it again November weekends. Of 104 youth hunt- next year.” ers, about 50 percent successfully harvested Chaparral plans on holding a trophy hunt game. The results were 38 doe, 12 spikes, 13 in mid-December, Lange said. Last year a javelinas and 2 feral hogs. 172-plus class deer was taken — the second Colby Whitton, 14, was one of the youths largest recorded at Chaparral WMA. The who got a doe during the free hunt. It was property is high fenced, but without introhis second deer since he began hunting, ac- duced genetics or supplemental food. cording to his dad, Billy Ray Whitton. “We have some real quality deer coming Billy said they were allowed to use corn, off public property,” Lange said. but the deer weren’t used to eating it. Some deer were spotted far off the first evening of hunting, but nothing was close enough to make a shot. When they returned the next

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McKinzee Orsag, 12, of New Braunfels took this 8-pointer during the youth weekend hunt. She shot it with a .224 Weatherby Mag at 60 yards. She was with her dad, Charlie, hunting near Beeville.

Lucas Barraza, 13, shot this 10-point buck during opening weekend at their family lease in Kendall County.

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the site near Ayres Bay. “It’s never been open officially to hunting,” said Felipe Prieto, a FWS wildlife refuge specialist. “Technically, it’s closed. We made our state partner aware of that fact. The area is on the southern third of the island. It’s not very large.” Prieto called the fact that hunting has nonetheless been allowed “a glitch.” It will take a while for a hunting ban on the site to take effect. “These kinds of things have to go slow,” Prieto said. “You have to keep the public in mind, educate and inform them. Frankly, it’s not something to get all that excited about.” Both FWS and TPWD said hunters need not worry if law enforcement finds them hunting on the Matagorda Island site in question. “It’s perfectly legal to hunt there,” said TPWD’s Walker. “For now, it’s the same as it’s always been.” Prieto said a hunting ban on the small site would serve the purpose of having a refuge on Matagorda Island — providing a safe haven for migratory birds, endangered ani-

mals and other wildlife. “As far as endangered animals, we have whooping cranes in the area,” he said. “Matagorda Island supports a third of the population. That’s more of the why and what we have to get out to the public. We’re not against hunting. I’m a hunter myself.” Regarding airboats, while they’re not an issue at Matagorda Island, the FWS did put up new signs in October at Aransas NWR barring boaters from cutting the point at Blackjack Peninsula to reach Sundown Bay and beyond. FWS officials, though, don’t see it as breaking new ground. “We’ve had boundary markers since Aransas was established as a refuge in 1937,” Prieto said. “We’re not setting new policy, just preventing what is not a good practice.” FWS officials were worried that airboats were creating a new cut that could affect whooping cranes. “We’re the primary wintering grounds for whooping cranes,” Prieto said. “If airboats dissect the marsh, create a particular trail, it could diminish the area’s use by whooping cranes. They will make adjustments for sure. It’s like

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05:36 05:35 05:35 05:35 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34 05:34

3:56a 3:47p 4:50a 4:19p 5:44a 4:53p 6:38a 5:30p 7:31a 6:10p 8:23a 6:54p 9:13a 7:41p 10:01a 8:33p 10:46a 9:27p 11:28a 10:25p 12:08p 11:24p 12:46p NoMoon 1:24p 12:25a 2:02p 1:28a 2:40p 2:33a

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Sabine Pass, north Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Time 12:36 AM 12:56 AM 1:13 AM 1:26 AM 1:37 AM 1:47 AM 1:58 AM 2:14 AM 2:35 AM 12:32 AM 1:02 PM 3:18 AM 4:06 AM 4:47 AM 5:28 AM

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Time 7:25 PM 8:04 PM 8:36 PM 9:04 PM 9:33 PM 10:04 PM 10:41 PM 11:28 PM

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Time 6:59 AM 7:26 AM 8:00 AM 8:39 AM 9:16 AM 9:50 AM 10:22 AM 7:25 PM 3:21 AM 8:37 PM 9:06 PM 7:00 AM 8:41 AM 11:26 AM 12:39 PM

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Time 7:41 AM 8:09 AM 4:58 PM 5:34 PM 6:12 PM 7:01 PM 7:54 PM 8:34 PM 9:06 PM 9:31 PM 9:53 PM 10:15 PM 9:54 AM 11:43 AM 1:12 PM

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Time 3:19 PM 4:17 PM

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Time 8:49 PM

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3:33 PM 5:18 PM 6:55 PM

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10:37 PM 10:58 PM 11:16 PM

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Time 2:08 PM 7:24 AM 7:50 AM 8:14 AM 4:56 PM 5:34 PM 6:13 PM 6:53 PM 7:33 PM 8:12 PM 8:50 PM 9:24 PM 8:40 AM 10:36 AM 12:05 PM

Height 1.6H 0.3L 0.2L 0.1L 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 1.0H 1.1H 1.3H

Time 8:11 PM 2:56 PM 3:39 PM 4:18 PM

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2:17 PM 3:54 PM 5:44 PM

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Time 11:11 AM 11:41 AM 12:08 PM 12:32 PM 12:52 PM 1:14 PM 1:45 PM 2:23 PM 3:07 PM 3:54 PM 4:46 PM 5:41 PM 9:00 AM 9:22 AM 9:48 AM

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Freeport Harbor Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Time 6:58 AM 12:01 AM 12:19 AM 12:33 AM 8:40 AM 9:06 AM 9:34 AM 10:05 AM 10:39 AM 11:19 AM 12:06 PM 1:03 PM 5:13 AM 5:10 AM 5:28 AM

Time 3:00 AM 3:05 AM 3:15 AM 3:33 AM 3:55 AM 12:54 AM 1:33 AM 2:01 AM 1:47 AM 1:39 AM 1:43 AM 1:38 AM 1:40 AM 1:50 AM 2:03 AM

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Height 0.4H 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H

Time 9:42 AM 10:24 AM 11:05 AM 11:45 AM 12:25 PM 1:06 PM 1:47 PM 2:27 PM 3:07 PM 3:45 PM 4:20 PM 4:50 PM 5:09 PM 5:01 PM 9:11 AM

Height 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L



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Time 2:05 PM 3:00 PM 3:48 PM 4:31 PM 5:12 PM 5:52 PM 6:31 PM 7:08 PM 7:45 PM 8:19 PM 8:48 PM 9:13 PM 7:59 AM 10:52 AM 12:39 PM

Height 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 1.5H 0.8H 1.0H 1.3H

Time 7:35 PM

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Time 11:00 PM

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1:54 PM 3:19 PM 5:03 PM

0.5L 0.8L 1.1L

9:32 PM 9:46 PM 9:54 PM

1.4H 1.4H 1.4H

Height 0.6L 0.4L 0.3L 0.2L 0.1L 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.2L 0.3L 0.5L 0.7L 0.8L 0.5L

Time 2:19 PM 3:18 PM 4:08 PM 4:52 PM 5:34 PM 6:13 PM 6:50 PM 7:27 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 8:54 PM 9:13 PM 9:26 PM 10:19 AM 12:25 PM

Height 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.5H 1.1H 1.3H

Time 7:19 PM

Height 1.4L

Time 10:39 PM

Height 1.5H

3:05 PM 4:45 PM

0.9L 1.1L

9:33 PM 9:35 PM

1.4H 1.3H

Height 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.0L 0.4H 0.1L 0.1L 0.5H 0.4H 0.4H 0.2L 0.4H 0.4H

Time 8:48 AM 9:27 AM 9:48 AM 9:56 AM 10:14 AM

Height 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.0L 0.0L

Time 4:46 PM 5:39 PM 6:59 PM 7:47 PM 8:24 PM

Height 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H

Time 9:22 PM 9:59 PM 10:22 PM 10:17 PM

Height 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.4L

11:14 AM 11:39 PM

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10:49 PM


2:20 PM 2:51 PM 3:33 PM

0.1L 0.1L 0.1L

11:50 PM


6:45 AM 6:39 AM

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0.3H 0.4H

5:51 PM


11:46 PM


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Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Time 6:19 AM 6:46 AM 7:15 AM 7:43 AM 8:13 AM 8:44 AM 9:16 AM 9:51 AM 10:28 AM 11:09 AM 11:54 AM 12:48 PM 4:54 AM 4:48 AM 5:10 AM

South Padre Island Time


9:13 PM 10:17 PM

1.2L 1.3L

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9:57 PM 10:26 PM 10:54 PM

1.5H 1.4H 1.3H

Height 1.0H 1.1H

Time 11:08 PM 11:57 PM

Height 1.0L 1.0L

Rollover Pass Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Height 0.9H 0.9H 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.8H 0.7H 0.6H 0.3L

Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9


Time 12:55 AM 12:01 AM 10:17 AM 10:40 AM 11:09 AM 11:44 AM 12:24 PM 1:07 PM 12:27 AM 12:55 AM 1:20 AM 1:42 AM 1:52 AM 12:36 AM 8:11 AM

Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Time 6:23 AM 6:53 AM 7:21 AM 7:49 AM 8:16 AM 8:45 AM 9:14 AM 9:47 AM 10:23 AM 11:03 AM 11:49 AM 12:42 PM 1:45 PM 4:42 AM 5:01 AM

East Matagorda

12:15 PM 2:21 PM 4:14 PM

0.7H 0.7H 0.8H

6:43 PM 8:00 PM 9:37 PM

0.3L 0.5L 0.7L

Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Time 12:47 AM 12:08 AM 12:20 AM 12:42 AM 1:02 AM 10:40 AM 12:04 AM 1:24 PM 1:53 PM 12:07 AM 12:35 AM 12:58 AM 5:07 PM 12:04 AM 12:18 AM

Texas Coast Tides

Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

Date Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9

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NATIONAL Trapping ban fails in Montana Montana’s Initiative 177 was soundly rejected by voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. The initiative would have banned trapping on all public lands, including city and county parks, municipal golf courses and more. After years of failing to qualify a trapping ban for the state’s ballot, antihunting organizations turned to paid signature gatherers in order to do so — qualifying the initiative at the last moment in July. “This initiative would have had a devastating impact on Montana’s abundant wildlife populations, and posed a serious safety risk to pets and people. Worse, it would have forced Montanans to suffer severe losses before being able to deal with problem wildlife,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Today, sportsmen, ranchers and everyone concerned with scientific wildlife management protected the state, its citizens, resources and, most of all, wildlife by defeating this initiative.” —Sportsmen’s Alliance


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Indiana, Kansas pass Right to Hunt and Fish amendments Indiana passed its Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment with 78 percent voting in favor, and Kansas’ amendment, listed on the ballot as Constitutional Amendment 1, passed with 81 percent in favor. —Staff report

Oregon bans sale of wildlife parts Oregon voters passed Measure 100, known as its Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act. The measure prohibits purchase or sale of products and parts of 12 animals — rhino, cheetah, tiger, sea turtle, lion, elephant, whale, shark, pangolin, jaguar, ray and leopard in the state. It also creates penalties for persons selling, trading or giving away ordinary items such as pianos with ivory keys, antique firearms with ivory inlays, hunting trophies and chess sets with ivory pieces. The measure finished with 69 percent in favor. —Staff report

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Missouri stocking up for winter Missouri Department of Conservation is stocking 73,000 rainbow trout in 32 urbanarea lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked, while other areas are catch-and-release until Feb. 1. —MDC

Deer hunting opener a hot prospect for Kentuckians More than 300,000 Kentucky hunters preparing for the modern gun deer season opener were warned of at least 22 wildfires burning, many in southeast Kentucky, as drought conditions persist across the state. About 14,000 acres had already burned. Hunters were urged to use camp stoves and lanterns and avoid building campfires. They were also warned to fully extinguish cigarettes and watch for hot exhausts on vehicles that could start fires in dry areas. —KDFWR

Mississippi buck stands to crush state record Earl Stubblefield of Oxford, Mississippi, shot a symmetrical buck that crushes the previous state record. Stubblefield had been watching the deer for three years. He put up trail cameras and saw that the buck had grown into a 12-pointer. He shot the buck as it walked under the tree stand. —The Clarion-Ledger

Oregon officials seek ways to protect bighorn sheep Pneumonia in bighorn sheep that has caused a large number of deaths in the species in the West has prompted Oregon officials to study the problem. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has placed monitoring collars on dozens of wild sheep and will collar more in the coming months. The department is keeping track of the animals’ deaths and completing blood and genetic testing. Bacteria picked up from domestic sheep and goats can lead to pneumonia in bighorn sheep. The entire population of bighorn sheep could be threatened. Nevada officials killed about two dozen wild sheep earlier this year as a way to keep the disease from spreading. Similar kills have taken place in Washington, Utah and Canada in the past. Bighorn sheep didn’t evolve with the bacteria, which can cause pneumonia with infected lungs, coughing and runny eyes and noses. — The Register Guard

Oklahoma knife law reformed Oklahoma removed the dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the prohibited weapons list beginning in November. Carrying a switchblade was also made legal in the state last year. —KnifeRights

New regs on mud boats, Utah biologists air-cooled engines in recommend more Louisiana New regulations on the use of mud boats hunting opportunities and air-cooled propulsion engines at Pass-aLoutre Wildlife Management Area are now in for 2017 effect through Jan. 31, 2017, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. Waterfowl hunters who will be using Pass-a-Loutre WMA this season should be aware of these changes. According to the regulations adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission earlier this year, operation of mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are prohibited after 2 p.m. However, they will be allowed after 2 p.m. in South Pass, Pass-a-Loutre, Southeast Pass, Loomis Pass, Dennis Pass and Cadro Pass. —LDWF

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources in Utah are recommending several new big game opportunities for 2017. They include additional management buck deer hunts on the Henry Mountains hunting unit in southeastern Utah, a first-ever mountain goat hunt on Mount Dutton in south-central Utah and more chances to hunt deer with muzzleloaders after the general rifle season. — Utah Division of Wildlife

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Nature’s Calling

CSF looking for federal relations coordinator The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is seeking a full-time federal relations coordinator to join its team in Washington, D.C.

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New marketing director at LaserMax Jay Duncan will join the executive management team at LaserMax to direct and lead the marketing efforts for the manufacturer of highquality laser sighting systems.

RMEF hits milestone The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation just surpassed one million acres in lifetime projects that created, maintained or improved access to public land.

Director of conservation sought The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is recruiting a dynamic and strategic leader for its new director of conservation and community outreach position.

ATA seeks digital specialist The Archery Trade Association is seeking a digital content specialist to support its websites.

Backwoods files for bankruptcy Lifestyle retailer Backwoods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The regional chain, with stores in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, filed on Nov. 9.

Larson Boats moving Larson Boat Group announced it is moving it manufacturing facilities from Little Falls, Minnesota to Pulaski, Wisconsin. The Triumph line of boats will cease operations.

Gray Loon to rep Hazard 4 Hazard 4 Progressive Tactical Gear of Long Beach, California, announced Gray Loon Marketing Group as its public relations agency of record.

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Trout meunière/amandine 4 speckled trout fillets, boneless/skinless
 Kosher salt
to taste Black pepper to taste 5 cups white flour, seasoned 1 cup clarified butter 8 ozs. meunière sauce 8 tbsps. almonds, sliced and roasted

 In a sauté pan, melt 2 ounces of clarified butter per each trout fillet, in a fry pan over medium high heat. While butter is heating up, season fillets with salt, pepper, and dredge in seasoned flour. Place speckled trout fillets in fry pan skin side down. Cook skin side down until flour browns. Flip speckled trout over and finish cooking through

from the bottom side. Remove cooked speckled trout from pan and place on a serving plate and ladle 2 ounces of meunière sauce on top of fish. Add 2 tablespoons of sliced, roasted almonds on top of cooked fish prior to meunière sauce. Meunière Sauce

 1 pound butter, softened 1 lemon, juiced
 2 tbsps. red wine vinegar

 In a saucepan, brown the softened butter over medium high heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the lemon juice and red wine vinegar. —The Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans, La.

Cajun duck kabobs 2 pounds duck breast filets, cut into 1-inch cubes Soy sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. powdered ginger 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. Louisiana hot sauce Smoked, cooked sausage, slice 1/2-inch thick Thick bacon, cut in 1-inch squares

Marinate duck cubes overnight in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Skewer sausage slice, duck cube and bacon square, continue until skewer is full. Grill until duck is medium rare. —Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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4. Ship channel good for snook fishing [BROWNSVILLE] 9. Rounded blade on a spinner bait [COLORADO] 11. The fish's breathing organs [GILLS] 14. Popular coastal area for big trout [MATAGORDA] 15. The passenger in a fishing tournament [NONBOATER] 17. Fishing at a slow speed [TROLLING] 19. Needed to hunt feral hogs in Texas [LICENSE] 21. A breed of setter [IRISH] 23. Place on deer after harvest [TAG] 24. The male bighorn [RAM] 25. Lost to Trump [CLINTON] 27. Day after Thansgiving, Black _____ [FRIDAY] 28. Who to call if you see a poacher [OGT] 29. Oxidation of gun parts [RUST] 30. TV show in last season, Duck _____ [DYNASTY] 31. Midway USA owner [POTTERFIELD] 33. Some deer hunters eat this organ [TONGUE] 36. Length limit of blue crab, in inches [FIVE]











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exterminated near dusk, hunters shouldn’t have a problem the next morning. But if they are killed earlier in the day, others seeking shelter will most likely take their place before sunset. Experts say deer hunting blinds and cabins are prime real estate for wasps every year, but this year there may be more hunting for a winter residence. “This is like a perfect storm for wasps,” said Allen. The record rainfall has been good for deer, but it’s also been good for wasps. Combined with the warm temperatures, hunters are likely to run into red wasps, yellow jackets, and paper wasps to name a few. Cory Moore, owner of Moore Pest Control Inc. in Hughes Springs, said that as a hunter, he knows firsthand that wasps love deer blinds. The best way to stop them is through exclusion. “I ended up putting foam around the roof line,” he said of his deer blinds. “What they’re doing is trying to find a place to overwinter.” Moore said he’s never had anyone ask for deer blinds to be exterminated, but he has treated cabins. The price is based on time — so it would most likely be comparable to treating a home if the truck could make it out there. Curtis Muecke, owner of Falco Pest Management In Fredericksburg, said wasp spray should do the job in most blinds. But he also cautioned people to be careful when dealing with stinging insects, which can be deadly. Bee suits are sometimes needed with insects such as wasps and Africanized honeybees, he added. As for cabins or hunting lodges, Allen said the best way to stop wasps is to block their entry. Allen recommends using a caulking gun to fill in cracks around the lodge or cabin. Wasps like to invade high up in structures — mainly attics. While it’s possible for wasps to get inside walls, they like open space. Allen said caulking where the roof meets the walls or any obvious gaps or cracks under gables will go a long way in keeping them out. If wasps keep showing up in the cabin or lodge, try looking in the corners of the attic. Allen said misting or bombing the attic or home won’t be as effective as spraying them directly with a pesticide. That’s because the mist can’t reach into the cracks to kill the wasps. The good news is it’s time for cooler weather to move into the state. A good freeze will kill those wasps that don’t find a winter hiding spot.

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Participation up at check stations By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Driving through Hondo on Highway 90, hunters don’t have to look hard to find the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department check station to have samples taken from their deer for testing for Chronic Wasting Disease. The signs almost jump out at them. A large parking lot leads to a trailer with tables and sampling equipment sitting on the shady side, where TPWD biologists wait. Case Wyatt at the Hondo check station said the opening weekends of the general season were busy. “We had more than 80 brought in opening day,” he said. Jeanne Beauxbeannes spends a lot of time at the Tarpley check station, and said opening weekend of the general season was busier than expected. Sunday, though, was quite hot and few deer were brought in. Matt Reidy, the South Texas Wildlife District biologist, said he was pleased with the results so far. “So far, it’s been good,” he said. “We are at

179 deer within the Surveillance Zone, and it hasn’t even gotten cold yet.” The Medina area CWD Surveillance Zone was established after CWD was discovered at two facilities in the area. Initially proposed as a mandatory zone for testing, the efforts of local politicians and county judges convinced TPWD to allow voluntary testing in the zone. “Several town meetings were held and the landowners were asked to tell their hunters to bring all of their deer in,” Beauxbeannes said. “They don’t want the testing to become mandatory.” Last year, 122 deer were sampled over the enBRINGING THEM IN: tire season. Reidy is hoping for 1,749 samples Finding the Hondo check station to have from the zone this season. samples taken from “That includes herd plans, roadkill and a deer taken in the hunter-harvested deer,” he said. “If you see a road-killed deer and it has orange paint on it, Medina area CWD Surveillance Zone is easy, that means we already got it. The goal is to coland workers are there lect sample from every hunter-harvested deer with supplies to remove in the zone this year.” Reidy said many people have stopped by the tissue. Officials hope to receive more than 1,700 check station, and all have been positive. samples this season. “The cooperation has been good,” he said. Photos by Craig Nyhus, “Everyone is on the same page this year.”

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Cover curse continues When a good buck finds its way to the cover of Lone Star Outdoor News, another photo usually follows of a hunter with the same buck. The cover buck was photographed by Lone Star Outdoor News’ David J. Sams on Nov. 25, 2014 at the Shiner Ranch in Frio County, when he was 4 years old. This month, Gary Guerrieri from Pennsylvania hunted at the ranch and harvested the buck. The buck was 7 years old, 25 inches wide, had main beams topping 28 and 29 inches and had 37 inches of mass, scoring 203 5/8. —Lone Star Outdoor News

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November 25, 2016 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...

November 25, 2016 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...