Time for water fun and safety

June 7, 2014

There were seven drowning deaths and another four boating-related fatalities over what proved to be one of the state’s deadliest Memorial Day weekends.

In addition to handling those tragedies, game wardens issued hundreds of water safety citations and made numerous arrests. These included 31 persons for boating while intoxicated, seven for driving while intoxicated, 14 for public intoxication and 36 on various drug-related offenses.

Wardens responded to 21 boating accidents that, in addition to four deaths, led to two serious injuries.

For the first time during a major holiday weekend, several of the agency’s newly created statewide law enforcement teams were deployed to assist local game wardens.

Dive Team: Response and recovery of drowning victim on Lake Lewisville. Dive team conducted an investigation, applied sonar technology to locate the victim and divers made the recovery.

STORM (Statewide Forensics Reconstruction and Mapping Team): Responded to and assisted with investigations involving four boating accidents involving death and serious injury.

CID (Criminal Investigations Division): Responded to and assisting with investigation related to a boating accident.

CIT (Critical Incident Team): Conducted peer support for game wardens involved in a Jasper County boat accident in which a game warden sustained injuries.

Game wardens also responded to seven search and rescue situations and assisted local agencies during severe flash flooding in Val Verde, Lubbock, Archer, Medina, Uvalde and Medina counties.

Game wardens across the state focused on ensuring public safety throughout the state’s waterways.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife department and all local agencies urge every Texan to wear a life jacket while on our lakes, rivers, and bays and to not consume alcohol while boating in Texas.


Granbury water temperatures have escalated into the low 80s and water levels continue to be about 11 feet low. Be careful navigating Lake Granbury and any other low water lakes in Texas. Boating damage is up due to the increased hazards on the water.

Access on Granbury is still limited to the ramp by the Hilton for smaller boats, and there is one private launch in one of the local subdivisions that has a functional ramp. Fishing continues to be good to excellent on most days all across Granbury.

Best fishing is for white bass (sand bass) on several areas of the lake. These sand bass can be had by the Shores, Western Hills and the lower ends by Blue Water Shores.

Best bait is a slab or spinner bait fished near feeding flats, points or underwater shelves in the 12 to 15-feet depth. Small stripers are also abundant and are being caught in the same locations as the sand bass.

Squaw Creek black bass, catfish and tilapia catches are being reported as excellent for all three. Black bass to 6 pounds are being caught mid-lake and on the upper ends.

Tilapias are best located near banks with rocks and worms as the preferred bait. Channel catfish are in the channels near points and are good on prepared baits.

Lake Whitney and Possum Kingdom are also boasting on some great sand bass and small striper catches with an occasional bigger striper being caught (there are a few survivors of the previous year’s golden algae kills). Best baits include slabs and live shad.

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