Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
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In this video produced by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Alton Jones explains why slot limits are in place at select Texas lakes. The goal is to encourage the harvest of small bass in order to leave more food for the big ones so they can continue to grow and spawn and ultimately produce more trophy bass. Slot limit lakes include Lake Fork, Pinkston, Joe Pool, Walter E. Long, Georgetown, Bastrop, Bridgeport, Sweetwater, Davy Crockett, and Fayette County. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/fish/limits_freshwater/index.phtml#limits
Weevils are an effective biocontrol of the invasive aquatic plant Giant Salvinia. Texas Parks & Wildlife has constructed giant salvinia weevil rearing facilities at the Jasper State Fish Hatchery and the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Giant salvinia is harvested from the affected reservoir or lake, inoculated with weevils, and reintroduced into the lake after weevils have increased. http://www.texasinvasives.org/
Biologists enlisted the aid of rod-and-reel and bow anglers to remove excess triploid grass carp from Lake Conroe in July 2011. The carp have succeeded in removing most of the exotic invasive hydrilla from the lake and are now limiting the growth of desired native vegetation. Biologists are seeking to balance the number of carp in the lake with the amount of hydrilla available for them to eat. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20110620a
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries biologists sample smallmouth and largemouth bass populations in the newly acquired Devils River Ranch property to assist in developing a management plan for the fishery.http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20101220b
2011 Winners of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest open to all Texas students in public, private and home schools. The State-Fish Art Expo is held in June at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
Scenes from the May 2011 Eggfest at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
Kingwood Park high school students help stock rainbow trout at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
A Fisheries biologist gives the details on a current study to see if Texas can manage for trophy blue catfish.
The State-Fish Art contest is open to students grades 4-12. Entry deadline is March 31 each year. Contest info. at http://www.statefishart.com/. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/
An overview of our Field Survey Technique series - 3 short videos that will teach you step-by-step how to survey your habitat.
In this segment of our Field Survey Technique series, learn how to quantify your habitat observations to really see what's going on in your environment.
In this segment of our Field Survey Technique series, learn how to use the Daubenmire Frame to quantify vegetation in a habitat.
In this segment of our Field Survey Technique series, learn how to use a track plate to see what kinds of wildlife live in your habitat.
Learn step-by-step field survey techniques for analyzing your habitat.
FIELD NOTES NOV. 2009 - Coastal Fisheries staff collects male flounder near Corpus Christi. The males will be used for brood stock at the hatchery in hopes of increasing the flounder population in the Gulf. For more information on southern flounder, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/flounder/. For info. on Texas fisheries, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/,
[cc] The State-Fish Art contest is open to students grades 4-12. Entry deadline is March 31 each year. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is hosting the 2010 national State-Fish Art expo in July. For more information on the contest, visit http://www.statefishart.com/ Video produced by the TFFC.
[cc] The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center hosts "A Wetland Adventure" each year in partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University to give pre-service teachers hand's-on experience teaching aquatic ecology concepts. Educators say post-test scores show significant improvement and equalize the traditional disparities in science test scores among race and gender. Video produced by the TFFC.
FIELD NOTES: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has produced this informational video about group tours of the facility.
JULY 2009 - Volunteers join forces to save Lake Sam Rayburn from giant salvinia, an invasive plant that can clog waterways and destroy native aquatic life. This video includes close-up visuals and instruction on how to identify giant salvinia. For more information, visit www.texasinvasives.org
MAY 2009 - May is fiesta time at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center as it celebrates Cinco de Mayo with food, music and dancing in addition to the normal TFFC activities such as fishing, tram rides and dive show presentations. For information about the Center and upcoming events, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc
APRIL 2009 - In early April each year the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens celebrates Outdoor Fools Day with hand's-on learning, live animal displays and other family fun activities. For information about the Center and upcoming events, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc
MARCH 2009 - Every year in early March the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens hosts Fly Fish Texas, a free event to promote the sport of fly fishing. Anglers of all ages and skill levels get hand's-on experience in the Center's ponds and streams, along with the chance to interact with fly fishing experts. The Center provides rods, reels and tackle. For information about the Center and upcoming events, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc
During the drought of 2011, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists removed imperiled native shiners from the Upper Brazos River in case it dried up. The shiners were held at the Possum Kingdom State Fish Hatchery until May 2012, when they were stocked into the Lower Brazos River near Hearne.
Fly Fish Texas takes place each March at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Learn what attracts people to fly fishing and what the rewards are.
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