the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Toyota ShareLunker Program Produces Hundreds of Thousands of Big Bass Offspring in 2021

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker Program is experiencing a banner year in its goal to create, bigger, better bass in Texas. After obtaining 18 successful spawns from 19 of the 23 13-pound or larger Legacy Class fish loaned to the selective-breeding program in 2021, the department’s hatchery staff produced 271,872 fingerlings to benefit Texas public waters. “We are thrilled with the number of ShareLunker offspring produced this year, and we couldn’t have […]

Convenient Family Fishing Education Opportunities Offered in Six Texas Metro Areas this Spring

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens has partnered with Fishing’s Future and the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund to provide convenient fishing education opportunities for families throughout Texas. “Partnering with the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and Take Me Fishing on the George H. W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Educational Fund Grant is a perfect fit for Fishing’s Future,” said Shane Wilson, CEO and Founder of Fishing’s Future. […]

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium “Moss Ball” Product in Pet and Aquarium Supply Stores

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and other wildlife agencies around the country are urging stores who sell aquarium products to remove a “moss ball” aquarium plant product from their shelves and for customers to dispose of the contaminated product after invasive zebra mussels have been found hitchhiking on these products in states around the country, including Texas. These “moss balls” are a species of algae that form green balls up to a few […]

Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Accepting Summer Internship Applications

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now taking applications for summer internships in all divisions, including Law Enforcement, Wildlife, State Parks, Infrastructure, Communications, Coastal Fisheries, and Inland Fisheries. “For university students who want to explore a conservation-related career, our summer internship program can be a great start,” said Cayley Birchfield, TPWD recruiter. “We provide college students a realistic view of what a career with Texas Parks and Wildlife really entails. Student interns are given […]

Zebra Mussels Eradicated from Lake Waco in Central Texas

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has determined that invasive zebra mussels have been successfully eradicated from Lake Waco in Central Texas, preventing property damage, protecting water supply infrastructure and avoiding harm to the aquatic ecosystem. The department emphasized the vital importance of continued help from boaters, marina operators and others to Clean, Drain and Dry boats before moving them and remain vigilant to stop the spread. Fisheries biologists cautioned that eradication of the […]

Sam Rayburn Logs First Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Bass Entry of 2021

The second weekend of the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season produced the first Legacy Class largemouth bass at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Angler Travis Moore reeled in the 13.44-pounder using a Carolina rig during the Bass Champs tournament Saturday January 9. “It was a great day on the water at Sam Rayburn,” said Moore. “After about 15 or so casts and few good bites, I finally hooked into my first 2021 bass and it was a giant 13.44 – […]