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San Angelo Standard Times Stories: Hunting & Fishing
  • JOHN GILL: Falcon Lake is in drought and needs water, then more bass
    It’s not surprising to see politicians or giants of corporate America slug it out when things don’t go as expected. It’s called the blame game. Most of the spats seemingly involve money or fame.

  • OUTDOORS: New regulations aim to confront zebra mussels
    Hopefully by now you’ve heard about zebra mussels. These tiny invaders from Eurasia are making state news once again. Starting this month, the invasive species will have an impact on all boaters, personal water craft operators and fishermen operating on public fresh water in Texas.

  • Texas fishing report, 7/10
    AMISTAD: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 41.57 feet low. Black bass are good on topwaters, and on watermelon seed and green pumpkin soft plastics in 18-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish...

  • JOHN GILL: Hunting seasons on the horizon
    As regulations are fine tuned for the upcoming 2014-2015 hunting seasons, predictions are already pointing to a good year for birds and deer in West Texas.

  • JOHN GILL: Anglers must obey state rules
    The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has been fighting the further spread of evasive zebra mussels for several years by placing strict rules on boaters using lakes where the zebras are known to exist. As of July 1, the rules have been expanded to all lakes and rivers in Texas.

  • RUSSELL SMITH: Young West Texas anglers work on fishing résumés
    Competitive bass fishing has really grown during the last 15 years. BASS and FLW have increased their professional prize moneys tenfold. College teams have sprung up all across the nation. (Ethan George and Ryan Easterly put ASU on the map in the FLW’s college fishing competition.) High schools are starting...

  • JOHN GILL: Tide may be changing for fish in area lakes
    The health and vitality of a fishery, including lakes and ponds, usually doesn’t happen by accident. In speaking with two professional fishery biologists, Mandy Scott of the TPWD and Bob Lusk owner of Pond Boss fishery products, it became clear that both believe lakes and ponds in West Texas are...

  • Texas fishing report, 6/12
    ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 74-82 degrees; 16.54’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

  • OUTDOORS: Recent rainfall offers relief for both fish and anglers
    Local fishes now have a lot more elbow room. In case you haven’t noticed, San Angelo got a lot of rain recently. A lot of rain, in this case, translated into a lot of new water flowing into most of our area lakes.

  • Texas fishing report, 6/5
    ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 68-76 degrees; 16.54’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

  • JOHN GILL: Video promotes life jackets, water safety guidelines
    There are simple guidelines that help protect us in the events of car wrecks, stormy weather and boating accidents.

  • Influx of fish may be coming
    Only a handful of days ago Lake Nasworthy and other area lakes were facing a not so pretty situation. Nasworthy was at less than 50 percent of capacity, and Twin Buttes Reservoir was all but dry. Other popular fishing holes were not doing any better.

  • JOHN GILL: Things are looking up at Lake Nasworthy
    Now that Lake Nasworthy is back from the brink of a drought-riddled summer, expect the old lake to see some changes over the coming months.

  • Texas fishing report, 5/29
    BASTROP: Water clear; 75-79 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

  • RUSSELL SMITH: Sleuthing, wackiness and trickery bring bass at Ivie
    I felt the artificial lure get heavy, took up slack in the monofilament line and reared back on the rod. But the imitation bait didn’t budge. I thought I was hung until the fish started to strip line from my bait casting reel. Each of the bucketmouth bass (from my...

  • Texas Fishing Report, 5/22
    ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 68-73 degrees; 16.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

  • Desert bighorn ram hunt permit to be auctioned at WildLife 2014
    A permit to hunt a desert bighorn ram on a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the beautiful mountains of West Texas will be auctioned to the highest auction bidder on Saturday, July 12, at WildLife 2014, the annual convention of the Texas Wildlife Association...

  • JOHN GILL: Bass is grass after saltwater rookie reels in redfish
    Professional fishing guide Capt. Raymond Appel knows the ins and outs of fishing shallow bays around Rockport. He’s a native son of the fishing community, located just north of Corpus Christi.

  • FISHING REPORT: Outlook for area lakes, 5/15
    BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 11.54’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are excellent on craw colored chatterbaits and shad colored crankbaits around docks in 1-5 feet. White bass are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 1-10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows...

  • JOHN GILL: Cat catch fever infectious this day at Lake Tawakoni
    Fishermen are often accused of stretching the truth a smidgen. It’s easy to apply a little guesswork, without using scales, when evaluating the weight of a prize catch. In the beholder’s eyes the fish is always larger. The same applies when “estimating” numbers of fish caught.