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Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or email@example.com; Stephanie Salinas, TPWD (512) 389-8756 ] June 4, 2013 Summertime, and the Fishing is Easy AUSTIN - Fish are biting as the weather warms up, and many Texans are eager to get outdoors to reel in bass, catfish, redfish and other sport fish. With 15 Neighborhood Fishin' lakes stocked with catfish and more than 70 Texas State Parks with fishable waters, finding a place to fish in Texas is easier than ever. Plus, anglers of all ages are reminded that they don't need a fishing license to fish inside state parks, which offer fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat. If you're new to fishing or want to introduce your children to a new way to enjoy the outdoors, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers fishing lessons through the Go Fish! and Fish With-the-Ranger programs. These free interactive workshops teach the basics of angling and give an overview of the different types of fishing equipment. In the Texas Hill Country, Inks Lake State Park west of Burnet, will host a "Fishing with the Ranger" program from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Friday throughout the summer. A similar hands-on fishing workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Wichita Falls. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish events will be held at several state parks, including Cedar Hill (9 a.m.-noon, June 15) and Lake Tawakoni (9 a.m.-Noon, June 15). For a complete list of summer fishing derbies and events, workshops and other fishing-related activities, visit: www.texasstateparks.org/fishing. Some state parks even offer a "fishing test drive" with loaner equipment. Find one of 30 state parks near you and other sites that loan out rods, reels and fishing tackle to use for free for up to seven days by visiting: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/angler_education/tackloan.phtml TPWD brings fishing close to home by stocking fish in a number of local parks and ponds through its Neighborhood Fishin' program. TPWD partners with local governments in 10 Texas cities to stock channel catfish approximately every two weeks in small neighborhood lakes. In San Antonio, for example, anglers can fish at Miller's Pond on the southwest side of town and Southside Lion's Park on the southeast side. To learn more about the Neighborhood Fishin' program and where to go "wet a line," visit: www.neighborhoodfishin.org. Remember, if you're 17 or older, you will need a Texas fishing license. Let sea breezes keep you cool as you cast into the surf or wade fish at a coastal state park. Explore fishing opportunities and other park offerings at these four coastal parks: Galveston Island, Goose Island, Mustang Island and Sea Rim. Throughout the year, two fishing-centric TPWD facilities - Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens - celebrate fishing and support Texas fisheries. Both fishing centers host occasional catch-and-release fishing events, but invite visitors year-round to tour their nature centers, hatcheries and wetlands areas, and learn about conservation efforts. To see fishing photos taken in Texas State Parks and elsewhere, visit TPWD's Flickr pages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/texasparkswildlife/5247180748/in/set-72157625564009586/ To view a YouTube video that tells the story of the Go Fish! and Learn-to-Fish programs in Texas State Parks, visit: http://youtu.be/xcAJ7YS-Jwo. For the Spanish version, visit: http://youtu.be/Pd0UUAUT0P0 To view a Video News Release about how to get started fishing, visit: http://youtu.be/CBIornYLod0 For a high resolution download of the video news release on the TPWD site, click on the link: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/ For downloadable fishing J-peg images, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/news_images/?g=oam_fishing -30- [ Note: This item is more than nine months old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Editors: Images associated with this news release are available on the TPWD Web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/news_images/). ] [ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [ Additional Contacts: Terry Clawson (TCEQ) Phone: 512-239-0046; Tom Harvey (TPWD) Phone: 512-389-4453 ] June 4, 2013 Take Care of Texas Campaign Helps Texans Conserve Water During Drought, Care for Air, Water, Parks Country Music Star Kevin Fowler is Spokesperson in PSAs, Donates Song to Support Effort In a shared announcement today, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife unveiled a statewide public service campaign to promote outdoor recreation and encourage personal responsibility in protecting our state's natural resources. Country music star Kevin Fowler donated his talents for radio and TV spots, including writing and performing the campaign's jingle, "Take Care of Texas," which will be broadcast on Texas radio and TV stations throughout the summer. "Kevin's jingle is not only a catchy song, but it's also a very noteworthy message," says TCEQ Executive Director Zak Covar. "Through this statewide campaign, we hope that everyone who enjoys the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities here will do their part to conserve and protect those natural resources." "With the punishing drought our state has suffered in recent years, most people know how important it is to conserve water, and public education efforts like Take Care of Texas are absolutely vital to help get the job done," said Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director. "In poll after poll, Texans have consistently ranked water resources near the very top of public priorities. It's important for people in cities, and it's important for fish and wildlife, state parks and natural habitats--everything is connected, and we all have a role to play. Take Care of Texas provides quick and easy practical guidance for people to do what they already know is right." The PSA, as well as a video about the making of it, is available on the TakeCareOfTexas.org website. The website offers Texans easy ways to conserve water and energy, and includes an online calculator to estimate how much household water, energy, and money they can save by taking these conservation measures in their own home and garden. Everyone who takes an online pledge to help keep Texas clean will receive a free Texas State Park Guide in appreciation for their efforts. All TCEQ news releases are available at http://www.tceq.texas.gov. To receive news releases and other newly posted information automatically, visit the Sign up for E-mail Updates on the TCEQ home page. --- On the Net: TPWD News Roundup: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/take_care_of_texas/ -30-