Invasive Silver Carp Found in Texas Waters; Anglers Urged to Prevent Bait Bucket Transfers

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) received a report in late June that an invasive silver carp had been spotted in Choctaw Creek, a Texas tributary of the Red River approximately 15 miles downstream from Lake Texoma. A bow angler, Stephen Banaszak, first reported the finding and two specimens were provided to TPWD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) who confirmed they were silver carp. “These are the first reports of silver […]

Bass Fishing’s Premier Event Returns to Lake Ray Roberts

The eyes of the fishing world will be on Lake Ray Roberts June 11-13 for the 51st Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. It will be the third time bass fishing’s world championship event will be held in Texas having previously been held on Lake Texoma in 1979 and Lake Conroe in 2017. Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Director,  is pleased to see this event return to […]

TPW Commissioner, Game Warden and Wildlife Biologist Recognized by TPW Commission

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPW) recognized a Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioner, a game warden and a wildlife biologist during today’s meeting for their contributions and efforts supporting the agency mission. Jeanne Latimer Received Special Recognition as Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Former Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Jeanne W. Latimer received special recognition for her contributions throughout her six-year term. Latimer was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on November 17, 2015 […]

Zebra Mussels Detected at Lake Brownwood

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has detected invasive zebra mussels at Lake Brownwood in the Colorado River Basin, southeast of Abilene. Zebra mussel larvae were detected in plankton samples collected at two sites approximately three miles apart at Lake Brownwood in November. This is the second lake in the Upper Colorado River Basin where zebra mussels have now been detected, which indicates this species is continuing to spread westward. To date, no adult […]

Texas Marks 5 Years of Enhanced Efforts Against Aquatic Invasive Species

After five years of enhanced funding for efforts to protect lakes, rivers, water recreationists and industry from a host of non-native invasive species, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and its partners are reporting significant achievements. The TPWD is currently managing invasive aquatic plants on more than 50 water bodies around the state to enhance boater access along with actively monitoring for early detection of multiple species and implementing rapid response and eradication efforts […]

Toyota ShareLunker Program Chalks Up Two More Legacy Lunkers

Anglers added two more Legacy Lunkers to the 2021 Toyota ShareLunker season totals over the weekend. The run at O.H. Ivie powered on, reaching double digits with 10 Legacy Lunkers this year courtesy of ShareLunker 603 Friday. On Saturday, Lake Tyler made a huge splash with ShareLunker 604, recording the first ever entry for the lake in the ShareLunker program. Jimmy Faulkner of Carlsbad, New Mexico logged the 10th Legacy Lunker at O.H. Ivie when he […]

Zebra Mussels Detected at Medina Lake, Lake Placid Designated as “Infested”

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has detected invasive zebra mussels at Medina Lake and Lake Placid will be re-classified as “fully infested.” Infested status signifies that there is now evidence of an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels in the lake. The detection in Medina Lake, located near Bandera, marks the first introduction of invasive zebra mussels in the San Antonio River Basin. On Feb. 11, a member of the public submitted a […]

Promising Spring Season on the Horizon for Texas Turkey Hunters

Much of the Rio Grande wild turkey range in Texas experienced two great years of turkey production and recruitment in 2019 and 2020, and this means that hunters this spring season can expect to see many jakes and two-year-old gobblers across most of the Rio Grande range. “Those jakes will also keep things interesting this spring with big groups of young males roaming the turkey woods,” said Jason Hardin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) […]

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered in Lubbock County

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in a free-ranging 8 ½-year-old mule deer in Lubbock County, marking the first positive detection of the disease in the county. In coordination with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is working to develop a containment & surveillance zone in the area. The tissue samples were gathered as part of routine deer mortality surveillance and revealed the presence of CWD during testing […]

Public Help Sought to Report Fish and Wildlife Impacted by Winter Storm Uri

Recent snowfall and freezing temperatures affected many fish and wildlife species throughout the state and now Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for the public’s help in reporting any animal mortality events they observe on their property, ranches, or in their neighborhoods through this project on the iNaturalist website. Citizens are encouraged to report observations so that biologists can better understand the impacts of Winter Storm Uri to natural resources. The prolonged period of […]