Texas Fishing News & Reports

Partners Unite to Protect Highland Lakes from Invasive Zebra Mussels
AUSTIN—Summer boating season is just around the corner and a coalition led by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is launching a major public awareness campaign to inform boaters about how to prevent invasive zebra mussels from infesting new water bodies.

As some of the most heavily trafficked lakes in the state, the Highland Lakes are very susceptible to infestation and boater diligence is critical for prevention.....Read More

TPWD Taking Comment on Shrimp and Oyster Regulations
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is currently seeking public comment on proposed changes in commercial shrimp and oyster regulations. The proposals will be considered for adoption by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its May 21 public hearing.....Read More

Lake Conroe Produces ShareLunker Bass
ATHENS—David Campbell Perciful of Conroe caught Toyota ShareLunker 563 Tuesday night while fishing in a tournament on Lake Conroe.

The fish weighed 13.14 pounds and was caught in 6 feet of water on an 8-inch Texas-rigged lizard. The fish was 27.5 inches long and 20.25 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park, an official Toyota ShareLunker Weigh and Holding Station.

Perciful’s fish is entry number six for the current ShareLunker season and the seventeenth entry from Lake Conroe....Read More

TPWD Commission Approves Fishery Regulation Changes
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.

The adopted changes to the 2015-16 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing regulations, which take effect Sept. 1, include:

Braunig and Calaveras Reservoirs — The largemouth bass length limit will revert back to the statewide 14-inch minimum limit. Daily bag limit would remain at five fish.

O. H. Ivie Reservoir — The length limit for smallmouth bass will revert back to the statewide 14-inch minimum limit and five fish daily bag.....Read More

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Preview
ATHENS—The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will return to Lake Fork on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25, 2015. The top 35 professional bass anglers will compete for the world championship in a tournament benefitting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fishing programs. So far the TTBC has raised more than $2 million for such programs as Neighborhood Fishin’ and the Texas State-Fish Art Contest.

While the pros are battling it out on the water, attendees can enjoy a variety of games and activities at the TPWD Outdoor Adventures Area, dine on food from a number of vendors, and shop for fishing gear and accessories.

A feature attraction of TTBC is a star-studded lineup of daytime and evening concerts. Concerts will be headlined by Billy Currington on Saturday, May 23; Lee Brice on Sunday, May 24; and Rodney Atkins and Joe Nichols on Monday, May 25.....Read More

Sunny Day Spawns Cloudburst of Big Bass Across Texas
ATHENS—The sun came out, and the Toyota ShareLunkers came in.

On the first sunny Saturday most people in Texas can remember, nearly every bass boat in Texas was on the water, and the result was three Toyota ShareLunker entries and one almost.

The almost actually was a ShareLunker last year, when it was caught by Athens resident Frank Kirk from Lake Athens. At that time—January 25—the fish weighed 13.67 pounds. When reeled in by Robert Adams of Mineral Wells on Saturday the fish weighed 12.94 pounds—just short of the magic number of 13 needed to qualify for entry. The fish was identified by a tag inserted when it was caught last year.

Toyota ShareLunker 560 came from Lake Ray Roberts and was caught by Shannon Lee Elvington of Pilot Point. Elvington, who has fished the lake all his life, was fishing with guide Dannie Golden when he hooked the 15.18-pound bass. The fish was 26.25 inches long and 21.5 inches in girth.
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Sow Speck
Aransas Pass guide Capt. Marvin Engel shows off a sow speck h caught recently while scouting for an upcoming guide trip. Engel says fishing is good and getting better by the day in the Coastal Bend region.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Fine Flatfish
Luke Pulido of Ft Worth shows off a nice flounder he caught recently while fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. Buitureira reports fishing on the Lower Laguna Madre during early June has been "great."  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Galveston Fishing Heating Up
Guide Capt. Robert Leibert of Green Water Guide Service reports fishing in Galveston is good and getting better as springs turns to summer.  Above is a photo of one of Leibert's recent trips with a quick limit of trout.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Glass Minnows = Inshore Action
Throughout late spring and well into summer, the otherwise glassy surface of back lakes and coves in various Texas bays will often explode with what appears to be tiny slivers of glass. However, these small shards are actually diminutive glass minnows leaping quite literally for the lives in order to escape hungry predators beneath them.

As summer wears on, this same scenario plays out in the passes and along beachfronts up and down the coast. In every instance, when glass minnows break the surface, it's a sure bet something much bigger - and hungrier - is lurking below......Read entire article

Pole Fishing Basics
Long before the advent of modern rods and reels, everything from topwater plugs to live bait was fished on “poles.” Even after casting tackle became mainstream, cane and willow switches were still being employed on ponds, creeks and rivers throughout Texas. This was often due to the fact early entries in the casting reel category were somewhat clumsy, cumbersome and generally considered more trouble than they were worth on small bodies of water.

Today's reels, of course, are precisely engineered and their use is easily mastered. As a result, the use of poles has fallen dramatically over the past few decades. In fact, at least two generations of anglers have now matured without considering a simple pole as their primary fishing tool.

However, the truth of the matter is, regardless of how far casting tackle advances, there will always be spots a pole can place a bait that a rod and reel cannot safely reach. And fishermen wishing to become well-rounded anglers are best served learning the basic techniques involved in pole fishing in addition to mastering the use of casting tackle.....Read entire article

Inshore Umbrella Rigs
Most everyone has heard the old saying, "there's strength in numbers". In regards to the latest tackle craze to sweep across inshore waters that certainly seems to be the case. Umbrella rigs, contraptions which allow anglers to retrieve multiple artificial lures at once, have rapidly gained popularity across the Gulf Coast in the past year and have proven to be quite effective for a number of inshore game fish species.

Some fishermen may believe the success of umbrella rigs is simply a matter of "having more hooks in the water." However, umbrellas aren't necessarily designed to catch fish simple because more hooks mean more opportunities. Rather it is the illusion an umbrella rig conveys -- the illusion of being more than a lonely little prey item.......Read entire article

Tackle Box Building Blocks
Every fishermen needs a tackle box and tackle to fill it. Although each type of fishing requires a few specific items, there are plenty of basics that should be in every box whether an angler is looking to fish fresh water, salt water or a little bit of both. But, how does a novice fishermen - or even an experienced angler looking to delve into different types of fishing - stock a tackle box without breaking the bank?

A key to piecing together a cost-effective tackle box is versatility. Rather than focus on a few very specific lures or rigs, anglers should opt for proven lure types that can work for a variety of species under a wide array of conditions. Additionally, it is important to include both terminal tackle for fishing natural baits, as well as an assortment of artificial lures. Once the foundation of a tackle selection is laid, a few specialty items can be added.......Read entire article

Spring Saltwater Fishing -- Dealing With High Winds and High Water
Spring is known as a season of transition on the inshore water of the Lone Star State. Weather is warming. The bay is becoming flooded with newly hatched, rapidly growing baitfish, shrimp and crab. Fish are in between their deep water winter pattern and shallow water summer haunts. At times, it seems the only constant during spring is constant change. But, there are a couple other things that remain constant during spring - high wind and high water.

Wind and water level are two major considerations on any coastal fishing trip. During spring, they become all the more important.

When it comes to wind, it may be strong, but at least it's consistent. Although there is an occasional calm day during spring, most days during March and April see at least 15 mile per hour winds and, quite often, sustained winds are over 20 with gusts approaching (or exceeding) 30. And, unlike other seasons, the wind doesn't necessarily die down overnight.......Read entire article

Panfish Basics
The group of fresh water sunfish species collectively known as panfish provide perhaps more hours of angling enjoyment than any other types of fish found in North American waters. This is largely because everyone from children and beginners right up to experienced fishermen are able to enjoy catching these feisty fish. However, though they are a `user-friendly' quarry, there are a few basic baits, lures and techniques that can help every angler increase their catch........Read entire article

Spring Fishing on the Texas Coast
March is the month that ushers in spring. Spring's warmer weather and warmer water welcomes new life to Texas' inshore bays. Shrimp, crab and finfish have - or soon will - release this year's crop of younglings. When this happens, the bay's resident predators will shift their focus from large, hard to catch adults to the young, naïve hatchlings populating the flats.

This transition doesn't happen all at once. Rather, the spawn of various species is staggered throughout the spring and early summer. But, March marks the start of a three month run of hatchlings in our bays. To up their odds for success during this time period, anglers should `match the hatch' by downsizing lures, baits and flies. Anglers should also shift their focus to areas where predator fish are most likely to be able to ambush or attack the small fry menu items......Read entire article

November 2014 Photo Contest Winners
Lionel Matthews of Houston shows off a nice bull redfish he caught recently from the surf at Sargent. The fish measured 41 3/4 inches and weighed nearly 22 pounds. His photo earns her $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the November 2014 winner in the TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Autumn Snook
Port Isabel guide Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. shows off a nice snook he caught recently from South Bay. As autumn continues, South Texas snook fishing will be getting better and better. To find out what's happening along the Texas Coast, read Saltwater Fishing Reports

October 2014 Photo Contest Winner
Gloria De La Garza of Corpus Christi shows off a nice redfish she caught recently from Corpus Christi Bay. Her photo earns her $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the October 2014 winner in the TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

September 2014 Photo Contest Winners
Chris Arriola of Lindale shows off a nice largemouth bass he caught recently. His photo earns him $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as theSeptember 2014 winner in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

August 2014 Photo Contest Winners
Brady Parker, 10, of Telferner shows off a 40-inch redfish caught at Port O' Connor jetties. His photo earns him $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the August 2014 winner in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Late Summer Speck
Dr Raul Pena of McAllen shows off a 28 1/4-inch speckled trout he caught while fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre with Port Isabel guide Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. Now through the end of summer, anglers can expect steady action for speckled trout along channel edges in bays throughout Texas. To find out what's happening along the Texas Coast,  read Saltwater Fishing Reports

July 2014 Photo Contest Winners
Richard Krekota of Killeen shows off a 27.5-inch, 9.54-pound bass caught from Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Belton. His photo earns him $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the July 2014 winner in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Summer Speck
Karla Carrillo of McAllen shows off a summer speckled trout she caught while fishing along the edges of the ICW in the Lower Laguna Madre recently. Karla was fishing with Port Isabel guide Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. Now through the end of summer, anglers can expect steady action for speckled trout along channel edges in bays throughout Texas. To find out what's happening along the Texas Coast,  read Saltwater Fishing Reports

June 2014 Photo Contest Winners
Andrea and Jacob Alvarez, ages 10 and 6, of Laguna Vista show off a redfish and speckled trout they caught on a recent trip with their grandfather. Their photo earns them $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the June 2014 winners in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Summer Redfish
Ric from Cypress, Texas shows off a nice redfish he caught on a recent trip.  Got a good fishing photo? Enter it in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest. Be sure to include the name and mailing address of the anglers, as well as much information about the catch as possible.

May 2014 Photo Contest Winner
Jerry Garcia of McAllen shows off a speckled trout he caught out of the Lower Laguna Madre. Jerry's photo earns him $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the May 2014 winner in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

April 2014 Photo of the Month
Alexandra and Xavier Torres show off a pair of nice specks they caught and released while fishing on the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira. Got a good fishing photo? Enter it in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Spring Speck
Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr shows off a solid spring speck he took while fishing in the Brownsville Ship Channel recently. Capt Gencho reports fishing is hot throughout the Lower Laguna Madre area as spring hits its stride.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

March 2014 Photo Contest Winner
Pauline Osborn of La Vernia shows off a stiped bass she caught out of Lake Texoma. Pauline's photo earns her $25 in lures and merchandise from Blakemore Lures, Real Magic and Daiichi Hooks as the March 2014 winner in the  TTI-Blakemore Photo Contest.

Photo Contest Back for Spring & Summer 2014
The popular Texas Weekend Angler/TTI-Blakemore monthly photo contest is back for the spring and summer months. Pictured at right is previous winner Clayton King of Richland Hills. Submit your favorite fish photo in the Texas Weekend Angler/TTI-Blakemore Monthly Photo Contest and win $25 in tackle from Blakemore, Daiichi, and Reel Magic. Every fish species - fresh or salt water - is eligible. Anglers of every age are welcome to participate. And, best of all, it's easy. To enter, click here and submit your photo, name, address and phone number. Each month, the winning entry will be posted on the Texas Weekend Angler home page. The winning angler will also receive $25 of species appropriate tackle mailed directly to them from Blakemore Lures.......Read entire article

Texas Saltwater Fishing Book Now Available on Kindle
Danno Wise's Tips for Fishing the Texas Coast is now available for purchase on Kindle devices through the Kindle Store for the bargain price of $5. Originally published in 2012, Danno Wise's Tips for Fishing the Texas Coast is one of the best selling inshore fishing books in the Lone Star State. Now available on Kindle, this 80-page no-nonsense guide offers anglers of all skill levels practical advice for being more productive while fishing along the Texas coast. Hard copies of the book are still available through Amazon, as well as many book stores and online book retailers for $7.50. To purchase  Danno Wise's Tips for Fishing the Texas Coast for a Kindle device, click here.

Super Sheepshead Fishing
This super-sized sheepshead was caught up the Brownsville Ship Channel on a recent trip with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. As this photo proves, winter sheepshead fishing has arrived early on the Texas coast this year.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Ship Channel Snook
Patty Bergmann of Boerne, Texas shows off a snook she caught up the Brownsville Ship Channel on a recent trip with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Bull Redfish Run
Thad Riechert of La Vernia shows of a nice bull redfish he caught in September. As the weather and water continues to cool during October, the bull redfish run is in full swing up and down the Texas Coast.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Early Topwater Bite
Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. shows off a slot red caught on topwater from the Lower Laguna Madre recently. Capt. Gencho says thanks to the unusually warm winter, topwater action has begun a little earlier than usual on the Lower Laguna.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Sheepshead Season
Angelina Martinez of Donna, Texas shows off a nice sheepshead she caught on a recent fishing trip in the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. Capt. Gencho says Lower Laguna anglers have been experienced good sheepshead fishing all winter and the action has only improved as the weather has cooled.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Galveston Fishing Heating Up
Guide Capt. Robert Leibert of Green Water Guide Service reports fishing in Galveston is heating up as winter hits the home stretch.  Above is a photo of one of Leibert's recent guide parties with a typical winter time Galveston Bay trout. Between now and the end of February, Leibert is offering winter discounts on half and full day trips, for anyone asking for the "winter special." Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Big Bass Biting on Falcon Lake
Johnny Watkins of Lake Charles, LA, shows off a 10-pound bass he took on Falcon last week. This big bass fell for Stanley Punch Jig. Johnny also caught an 8 pound bass on a Stanley Football Jig. As summer temperatures continue to rise, anglers can expect to find big fish concentrated on offshore structure and beneath hydrilla beds. Read Freshwater Fishing Reports











Galveston Fishing Heating Up
Guide Capt. Robert Leibert of Green Water Guide Service reports fishing in Galveston is heating up heading into summer.  Above is a photo of one of Leibert's recent guide parties a bag of speckled trout up to 25 inches. Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

First Bay Fishing Trip
This family from Arlington shows off a good catch of black drum and one redfish they took with Aransas Pass guide Capt. Marvin Engel. Engel says this was the family's first bay fishing trip.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Winter Trout
Guide Capt. Robert Leibert of Green Water Guide Service reports fishing in Galveston is good, with limits or near limits of solid specks coming on every trip. Above is a photo of one of Leibert's recent guide parties with a nice box of specks taken on dark soft-plastics rigged on a 1/4 ounce head. Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Galveston Fishing Gettin' Good
Guide Capt. Robert Leibert of Green Water Guide Service reports fishing in Galveston is good and getting better. Above is a photo of one of Leibert's recent guide parties with a mixed bag of trout, reds, flounder and pompano. Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Multi-Spot Redfish
Though it was under the slot, this multi-spot redfish was certainly a prize catch for Port Isabel guide Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr. Buitureira says the 19-inch red had dozens of spots on each side.

South Texas Speck
Heather Vybiral caught and released this 27-inch trout on a recent fishing trip to the Lower Laguna Madre.

Father & Son Specks
Thomas Pagnagna (below) and his son caught these two trophy trout back-to-back. The pair were fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr when they caught these nice specks.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports



Super Snook
Danny Torres of Port Isabel shows off a 34-inch snook he caught from the Lower Laguna Madre recently. Although the Lower Laguna Madre area experienced a slight freeze this past winter, snook are still thriving in the area. As summer begins to transition into fall, even more big linesiders will be caught by LLM anglers.


Caught and Released
Lori Martinez (left) shows off a nice speckled trout she caught and released while fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr when Lori landed this speck.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

















New State Record Snapper
James Schmidt, 16, of Portland shows off his junior state record red snapper. James caught his record fish on June 12, 2011. The fish measured 38.38 inches and weighed 25.8 pounds, smashing the previous record of 20.72 pounds by a full 5 pounds.  

First Fishing Trip
Paxton Page (left) and his dad, Terry, show off a nice speckled trout Paxton caught on his first fishing trip. The pair were fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre with Capt. Gencho Buitureira Jr when Paxton landed this speck.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Limit of Reds
The Aguirre family shows off a limit of reds they caught last week with Aransas Pass guide Capt. Marvin Engel. Engel says the redfish bite is hot right now along the Coastal Bend.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

New State Record State Fish
Dylan Edwards, 12, of New Braunfels shows off his catch-and-release Guadalupe bass that set both the state catch-and-release and water body catch-and-release records. Watts's fish taped 14.5 inches. The previous record was 14.38 inches. Though not the largest of the bass species living in the Lone Star State, the Guadalupe bass is special in that it is the official state fish of Texas.

ShareLunker #516 Comes from Falcon
Falcon International Reservoir produced its third Toyota ShareLunker of the season, its 14th overall and the 12th entry into the ShareLunker program for the current season March 6. The fish was caught at 3:30 p.m. by Gene Patrin of Zapata in nine feet of 68-degree water. He was using a watermelon red fluke. The fish weighed 14.16 pounds and was 24.75 inches long and 22 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Robert’s Fish ‘n Tackle, an official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding station.

New State Record
Stephen Watts of San Antonio shows off his catch-and-release rainbow trout that set both the state catch-and-release and water body catch-and-release record for the Guadalupe River. Watts's fish taped 27.5 inches. The previous record was 24.5 inches.

Lower Laguna Redfish
Patti Jones, Beni Hemmeline and Mandy Mantooth show off a trio of multi-spot redfish taken from the Lower Laguna Madre while fishing with Port Isabel guide Capt. Gencho Buitureira, Jr.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Oversize Redfish
Meagan from Austin shows off a 33-inch redfish she caught from the Lower Laguna Madre while fishing with Port Isabel guide Capt. Gary Farmer. Redfish action has been hot up and down the Texas coast over the past few weeks - a trend that should continue well into November.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Offshore Action
Nice catch of 5 man limit of red snapper (10-12 pound class), one 17 pound blackfin tuna and one vermillion snapper (second hook from right). The fish were taken Oct. 16 aboard the 33' Bertram Sportfisherman "Miss Ann," berthed at Island Moorings Marina. The fish were caught by David Sikes, outdoor writer with the Corpus Christi Caller-Time, David Roe, Daniel Bowman, Billy Olson, and Bill L. Olson, publisher/editor Texas Outdoors Journal, host of syndicated Texas Outdoor News radio program and owner/captain of the "Miss Ann." (photo courtesy of David Sikes)  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

Limit of Reds
Richard and Howard Craft show off a limit of reds they took while fishing the Upper Laguna Madre last week with Aransas Pass guide Capt. Marvin Engel. Engel says the largest red of the day taped 41-inches and they boated a 38-incher as well.  Read Saltwater Fishing Reports

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