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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
Nov. 18, 2009
Toyota ShareLunker 473 Comes From Anderson County
ATHENS, Texas -- The latest Toyota ShareLunker had a short ride to its new quarters at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center: It was caught from a private lake in Anderson County only a few miles away.
Paul Detwiler of Tyler was fishing in five feet of water on November 16 when the big bass attacked his Strike King lipless crankbait. The fish weighed 14.43 pounds and was 27.5 inches long and 21.75 inches in girth.
Detwiler's fish is the second entry into the Toyota ShareLunker program this season and only the ninth ShareLunker ever to be caught during the month of November. It is the first entry from a private lake during that month.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or larger largemouth bass between October 1 and April 30 can enter it into the ShareLunker program by calling program manager David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or paging him at (888) 784-0600 and leaving a call-back number including area code. It's best to repeat the number at least twice, since reception is often poor in remote areas.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.
Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program will receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and be recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. In addition, if a Texas angler catches the largest entry of the year, that person will receive a lifetime fishing license.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year's season, see www.tpwd.state.tx.us/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.
This news release originally said that the catch was in Henderson County. The error has been corrected.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
Nov. 18, 2009
TTBC Broadcast Nationally on CBS Sports This Saturday
LAKE CONROE, TEXAS - The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), the professional bass fishing world championship, will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports this Saturday, November 21.
More details at the link below.
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On the Net:
http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com/2009/11/17/ttbc-broadcast-nationally-on-cbs-sports-this-saturday
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Nov. 18, 2009
Winter rainbow trout fishing offers entry-level fishing opportunities for Texans
AUSTIN, Texas -- For Texans in search of convenient fishing, it doesn't get much better than winter trout season in Texas.
From December through mid-March, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will stock more than 270,000 hatchery-reared rainbow trout at 120 sites across the state. Many of the fish stockings will be conducted at small community fishing lakes, state park lakes and popular river tailraces that offer easy angling access.
TPWD has been stocking rainbow trout each winter since the 1970s, offering Texans a convenient and inexpensive opportunity to go fishing.
Catching these hungry fish can be easy, making the experience ideal for children and novice anglers. Most sites get an annual dose of more than 1,000 trout, and the fish will begin to bite almost immediately after stocking. They typically will take a variety of baits, from whole kernel canned corn or commercial soft bait to artificial flies and even small spinner baits.
Fishing gear can be as basic as an inexpensive spincast rod and reel combo, a small plastic bobber or a fishing weight and a hook. It's also a good idea to carry along a pair of needle-nosed pliers to help remove hooks, and a five gallon bucket, small ice chest or a fish stringer to keep your catch. Be sure to keep freshly caught trout on ice to keep them fresh.
The complete 2009-2010 Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule is on the TPWD Web site. Here anglers can find stocking locations, stocking dates and driving directions to many sites. Many locations host special events for youth in addition to allowing the public fishing opportunities. Check with local parks and recreation departments or water authorities for additional information.
Among the winter trout stocking sites are 14 Neighborhood Fishin' locations in urban areas across the state. These spots get trout stocked every two weeks during the winter, but catfish are also stocked there during the summer, making them year-round family fishing destinations. Details can be found on the Neighborhood Fishin' Web page, which lists the urban area, lake or pond, driving directions and a TPWD name and contact phone number for each site. Money donated to TPWD from the Toyota Texas Bass Classic is being used to support Neighborhood Fishin'.
Other popular fishing holes like the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Reservoir Dam, which includes the tailrace, also receive multiple stockings from December into March. As the only fishable place in Texas where rainbow trout can survive during the summer months, the Guadalupe River will be stocked with more than 19,000 trout this winter.
One public access point along the Guadalupe River, Camp Hueco Springs, has been leased by TPWD specifically for trout fishing. An area map and directions to the site are on the TPWD Web site.
Anglers should note there are special harvest restrictions in place along a 10-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River below the tailrace. In this area, anglers may keep only one trout per day, which must be at least 18 inches in length, and any trout harvested must be caught on artificial lures.
For additional details about the special harvest regulations and the location of that river stretch, consult the TPWD Outdoor Annual. The special regulations zone does not include the area immediately below Canyon Lake Dam. There, as in other Texas waters, the daily bag limit is five trout and there is no minimum length.
A valid Texas freshwater fishing license package is required to fish for trout. Youth ages 16 and younger and all anglers fishing within state parks are exempt from the fishing license requirement.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/troutstocking
http://www.neighborhoodfishin.org
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/guadalupe.phtml
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