TPWD initiating regulation changes soon

April 13, 2013

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has adopted fishing regulation changes on two largemouth bass fisheries in East Texas, and new possession rules in state waters for aquatic resources taken in the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) as part of the 2013-14 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamation.

New guidance on handfishing for catfish has been established as well.

These regulations will go into effect on Sept. 1.

On Lake Jacksonville, the change removes an 18-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass. The five-fish daily bag for bass will be retained, but anglers will be allowed to keep two largemouth bass less than 18 inches in length as part of that five-fish bag.

For Lake Kurth, the change establishes a 16-inch maximum length limit on largemouth bass, with a temporary retention of bass 24 inches or greater for weighing purposes and/or submission to the ShareLunker program. Anglers will be allowed to harvest five largemouth bass less than 16 inches in length.

TPWD also adopted changes defining the parameters of handfishing for catfish and restrictions to aid in public understanding and enforceability, specifically regarding prohibition of the use of devices, such as poles, sticks, boxes, and pipes to aid in handfishing.

Canyon Lake Project No. 6 in Lubbock was also added to special regulations for catfish and devices restrictions.

The department also clarified the definition regarding possession of fish to indicate possession limits do not apply once a wildlife resource has reached the possessor’s final residence and is finally processed It also clarified the definition of what constitutes a permanent residence.

In addition, TPWD clarified the definition of fish harassment to note It is unlawful to use any vessel to harry, herd, or drive fish by any means including but not limited to operating any vessel in a repeated circular course, for the purpose of or resulting in the concentration of fish for the purpose of taking or attempting to take fish.

TPWD also removed prohibitions concerning possession of red drum and bonus red drum tags simultaneously.

The department also adopted provisions regarding enforcement of federal regulations in state waters. The proposed change would make it a violation for a person to possess an aquatic wildlife resource taken in the Exclusive Economic Zone (federal waters 9-200 miles out) during a closed season provided by federal law; within a protected length limit or in excess of the daily bag limit established by federal law; or with any gear or device prohibited by federal law; or without a required license or permit required by federal law.


Water temperatures did rebound into the low 60s but may have fallen a bit after the last cool snap this week. Black bass anglers continue to report great catches of largemouth bass to 6 pounds on the lower ends of the lake.

Sand bass anglers continue to catch numbers of white bass to 2 pounds in town all the way to the dam. The best lure for the sand bass, in my experience, is a chartreuse or silver slab.

Water levels continue to be low despite the recent rains.

Squaw Creek water temperatures are in the 70s and the bass anglers continue to parade to this power plant lake and its warmer water. Good catches continue to be reported on soft plastics.

Lake Benbrook continues to rise due to pumping water in from Richland Chambers reservoir. Access to Benbrook is improving. Crappie and yellow bass are abundant with some good catches of hybrid stripers.

Lake Proctor, Lewisville and Bridgeport continue to report good catches of hybrid striped bass on live shad, swim baits and slabs.

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