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Family Fishing Opportunities Expand at Travis County Park East of Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:21

Family Fishing Opportunities Expand at Travis County Park East of Austin

AUSTIN—One of Travis County’s newest parks now offers a new Neighborhood Fishin’ lake that will increase fishing access for youth and families living in the Austin metropolitan area.

Kingfisher Lake, a 2-acre pond located in Travis County East Metropolitan Park, is the latest addition to the Neighborhood Fishin’ program of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Another very popular lake in the park, Bullfrog Pond, has been in the program since 2008. Both lakes provide excellent shoreline access and a fishing pier. The addition of Kingfisher Lake triples the amount of shoreline access in the park.

TPWD’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program is currently operating at 18 lakes in 11 major cities in Texas, thanks in part to generous government and private partners. These lakes are a great place to introduce a youngster or adult to fishing. They provide a quality fishing experience for families who are looking for a fun outdoor experience close to where they live. Fishing success is enhanced through regular fish stocking activities by TPWD. Lakes in this program are stocked with channel catfish and rainbow trout about every two weeks throughout the year. Rainbow trout stockings began over Thanksgiving weekend and will continue at Bullfrog Pond and Kingfisher Lake on Saturday, December 12.

A fishing license is required for anyone 17 years of age or older, unless exempt. Fishing at the park may be done with pole and line only. There is no minimum length limit for either catfish or trout, and anglers may keep up to five fish per day of each species.

The Neighborhood Fishin’ program is made possible by Gulf States Toyota through its sponsorship of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC). The TTBC, the world championship of bass fishing, has donated $2.25 million over the past nine years to TPWD programs designed to increase participation in fishing. For more information visit www.neighborhoodfishin.org.

Local support for Neighborhood Fishin’ in the Austin area is provided by the Travis County Parks Division and Bass Pro Shops.

Travis County East Metropolitan Park is a multiple-use facility that also offers baseball and soccer fields, playscapes, a swimming pool, sport court, disc golf course, rock-climbing wall, paved trail, picnic areas and a community pavilion. The 273-acre park is located south of Manor at 18706 Blake Manor Road and is open from 8 a.m. to dark for day use. For more information visit https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/east-metro.

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling in Texas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 13:51

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling in Texas

monofillament recycling tube, on jettyBy Caleb Harris – TPWD Aquatic Education Specialist – Central Texas

Have you seen those big white PVC tubes at your favorite jetty, pier, or lake?  You know the ones where anglers can recycle their used fishing line so that it doesn’t litter the environment or harm wildlife.  How do they get there? Who’s in charge of them?  Who empties them?

We did some fishing to answer these questions when the Ascarate Fishing club in El Paso asked us about placing one at Ascarate Lake.

The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling (MRR) program is coordinated by Texas Sea Grant. However, Texas Sea Grant does not make or maintain the bins. The work is all done by an awesome corps of volunteers.

If you or your group would like to adopt a site that is often littered with fishing line, follow these steps to get started:

  1. Contact Texas Sea Grant to obtain and complete a volunteer agreement form, list the site, and to get all the “official” stickers.
  2. Purchase the materials and construct a bin. The average cost is just under $15/bin. (Note: Exact specification and directions to construct the bin can be obtained through the MRR Program; the BoatUS website also has a great tutorial.)
  3. Set up a schedule to clean it out and take the monofilament to a local recycler.  Many tackle shops have receptacles for monofilament recycling.
  4. Report your data to Texas Sea Grant. There is even a MRR Facebook page to report how much you collect!

According to their website, a total of 782 pounds of monofilament line, equaling 1,060 miles of 12-pound test (the most common line used for coastal fishing), has been collected since 2008. To get involved in the MRR program, contact  John Connell at Texas Sea Grant at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: 979-864-1558 ext. 116.


Miniature recycled fishing line tube made of pvc

On a side note, Angler Ed Area Chief Michael Scherer made some miniature bins (using 1/2 inch PVC) to use with the AED habitat mats to teach about stewardship in his fishing classes.

TPWD Angler Education staff are eager to help volunteers get involved with this program, so feel free to send questions to us too.

Every Day is Free Fishing Day in Texas State Parks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 13:59

Every Day is Free Fishing Day in Texas State Parks


man and woman bank fishing, Brazos BendFishing is always free in Texas State Parks. That includes more than 50 state parks and numerous Wildlife Management Areas across Texas —  great places to make some summer memories.

This summer Go Fish! Learn to Fish events can add splash to your summer days. Fishing events throughout the year will add to the fun — from kids’ fishing derbies to “Learn to Fish” opportunities. Some parks offer tackle loaner equipment.

P.S. Statewide Free Fishing Day is Saturday June 7. On that day, you can fish without a license in any Texas public waters.

Help Texas Get It's Share of Red Snapper PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:13

Report Your Red Snapper Landings

Hello Texas Angler,

We need your help to make sure that Texas gets its share of red snapper. This coastal fishing favorite – a tenacious fighter that is tasty on the table, is also very important for our local economies. Your input can help keep the population plentiful and available.

Beginning June 1, we’re asking you (with the exception of party boat anglers*) to report your red snapper landings through a short online survey atwww.tpwd.texas.gov/snapper. At the end of each day’s trip or soon afterwards, please submit basic information about the trip’s total red snapper catch, the date, number of fish landed, etc. Only one person needs to report for the entire angling party. This data will be used in conjunction with current harvest monitoring programs, and will be useful in designing future harvest monitoring programs. It will also serve as an indicator of the health of the red snapper fishery off Texas shores.

Here’s why your help is important: As you may know, management of the species continues to be challenging and controversial. Texas and the other four Gulf states, cooperatively with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), manage red snapper in federal waters. Texas fishing regulations (less than 9 nautical miles from shore) may differ from federal regulations (greater than 9 nautical miles from shore). One of the key pieces of information used to inform the management plan is the total recreational harvest, that is, how many red snapper are landed by recreational anglers in a given year. Your reports will provide that important information.

Thank you in advance for your help.

*Anglers fishing from party boats are exempt from reporting because the captain reports for them. Party boats are generally larger boats where people pay per person, as opposed to paying a single fee (for one or more persons) for a guided trip.