Calendar


March 1 - TPWD rainbow trout stocking at Sherman’s Pebblebrook Community Park Pond.


March 3 - Red River Fly Fishers meeting (fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.) at the Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital in Sherman. For information, visit rrff.org.


March 6 - Texoma Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Couple’s Dinner at Sherman’s Municipal Ballroom. For information, call Kris Spiegel at (903) 820-8882 or visit www.ducks.org.


March 6-8 - 50th Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.


March 14 - TRWD Fly Fest in Fort Worth. For information, visit https://trwdflyfest.com.


March 21-22 - Fourth annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival in Plano. For information, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org


March 21-May 3 - Texas South Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


April 4-May 17 - Texas North Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


April 6-May 6 - Oklahoma spring turkey season.


April 20-May 6 - Oklahoma spring turkey season for eight southeastern counties including Atoka and Choctaw counties.


April 22-May 14 - Texas Eastern Turkey spring season including Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties.


Notes


Texas wildlife officials are scrambling to secure all cervids at a Kimble County deer breeding facility after Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was confirmed in a deer mortality surveillance effort concerning a 5 ½-year-old white-tailed deer at the facility. According to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department news release, the first positive case of CWD in Kimble County was confirmed by scientists earlier this month at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa…Staging a last period race up the SCORETRACKER Live! leaderboard, Virginia native Jacob Powroznik won the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour’s Stage Two event at Florida’s Lake Okeechobee earlier this week. With a Championship Day total of 49-pounds, 11-ounces, Powroznik outdistanced the field and secured the $100,000 BPT payday…Rookie angling pro Laramy Strickland weighed in a huge final day bag of 31-pounds, 6-ounces to claim the top prize at last weekend’s FLW Pro Circuit event on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes. With a three day 15-fish total of 61-pounds, 4-ounces, Strickland took home a winner’s check of $100,000 after fishing on his home waters…After the first day of fishing at the FLW’s college fishing national championship event on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes on Wednesday, the Sam Houston State fishing duo of Bryton Kurtz and Jackson Carrell have the early lead with 24-pounds, 11-ounces. The event is being presented by Abu Garcia and YETI Coolers…TPWD is proposing several changes to next year’s hunting regulations across Texas. Potential changes include reducing the daily bag limit for scaup from three to one in all three duck zones; decreasing the daily bag limit for the light goose daily bag limit from twenty to ten during the regular season in both zones; shifting goose seasons (and light goose conservation season) in the Western Zone one week later than in previous years; and shift snipe hunting season dates two weeks later than in previous years…


Hunting Report


Take a big whitetail, mule deer or pronghorn antelope in Texas this last fall? Then don’t forget that 2019-20 Texas Big Game Awards program entries must be postmarked no later than March 1st…


Fishing Reports


At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temps are 49-52 degrees; and the lake is 0.13’ high. As February winds down, TPWD reports that striped bass are fair for anglers using live bait and plastic shad imitations. Largemouth bass are good for those fishing soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished by boathouses, near submerged vegetation, and around timber. Catfish are fair on cutbait and minnows fished in the river channel near structure…At Lake Ray Roberts, the water is stained; the water temp is 49 degrees; and the lake is 0.83’ high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass remain fair on plastic worms and buzzbaits fished as anglers seek warmer water in the lake’s shallow areas. White bass are good in 25-40’ on slabs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows…At Lake Fork, water is stained; water temps are 49-52 degrees; and the lake is 0.08’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and chatterbaits fished with slower presentations. Pre-spawn bass activity is picking up near creeks and brush located near the shoreline. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished around structure in 17-28’ of water…At the Blue River near Tishomingo, ODWC reports an above normal river elevation, clear water, and a water temperature of 42 degrees. The agency says that rainbow trout are excellent on black and yellow in-line spinnerbaits, orange and rainbow garlic scented PowerBait, and squirmy worms. For fly anglers, pheasant tail nymphs, Wooly Buggers, and zebra midges are also producing good results. Anglers should key on channels in the river bed, below riffle areas, and anywhere they find current obstructions…Taking a look at top bass waters across Texas where the springtime spawn is starting to ramp up, TPWD reports that at East Texas’ Lake Naconiche, water temps are 54-56 degrees and largemouth bass are good on spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and creature baits fished near shallower waters, creek bed structure and coves…At East Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir, water temps are 58-60 degrees and largemouth bass are good on soft plastics fished in vegetation. TPWD also says that Big Sam is producing some early season topwater action early and late in the day. The agency notes that very little successful bass fishing activity is happening in water that is deeper than 10-feet…At Lake Conroe near Houston, water temps are 56-59 degrees as largemouth bass produce good action on soft plastics fished around boat docks and in creek channels…In South Texas at Falcon International Reservoir, waters temps are 64-67 degrees and TPWD reports that black bass are good on soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near creeks and flooded timber…At West Texas’ Amistad Reservoir, water temps are 59-61 degrees as largemouth bass remain good on topwaters early, mainly around points. Mid-day, TPWD says to fish worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits for fair action as you move shallow from dropoffs, points, and submerged vegetation…


Tip of the Week


TPWD is now accepting public comment through March 25 concerning proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations for several Texas water bodies in the 2020-21 license year. At Cooke County’s Moss Lake, the agency is proposing to modify the 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass to a 16-inch minimum length limit. At Lake Texoma in Cooke and Grayson Counties, the agency is proposing the standardization of harvest regulations for blue, channel, and flathead catfish in the Texas and Oklahoma waters of the lake as well as the Red River below Denison Dam. In the lake itself, TPWD is proposing to remove the 12-inch minimum length limit for blues and channel cats along with removing the 18-inch minimum length limit for flatheads. In the Texas waters of the Red River below Lake Texoma (from Denison Dam downstream to Shawnee Creek), the agency is proposing to reduce the daily bag limit for blue and channel catfish from 25 to 15 fish. Comments can be made at the agency’s website public comment page at www.tpwd.texas.gov; by phone to Ken Kurzawski at (512) 389-4591; by e-mail at ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov; or in person at the TPW Commission meeting in Austin on March 26 where each speaker is allowed three minutes to make their comments. For more information, call TPWD at (800) 792-1112.