Texoma Striper Report – April 20, 2018 by Capt Steve – txfishingguide.com

by Capt Steve – txfishingguide.com

Fishing has been pretty tough with the wind and below average temps but it can’t stay windy and cold forever so we have some great fishing to look forward to.

I believe a good number of our larger fish have moved from the lake up into the Red and Washita rivers to spawn, they usually show up back in the lake about the second week of May.

Fishing is really hit and miss with the weather right now and many days have just been unfishable because of the extremely high winds. Its gonna be great fishing when we get a more stable weather pattern so we just have to be patient. Fish are anywhere from 10-60 foot of water but as a general rule the shallower you can find them the easier they are to catch and keep your eyes open for working birds. Live bait and artificial bait are both effective right now and topwater bite might happen in a couple more weeks. Its gonna be a season for the record books

Preston Trail DAR Chapter to Hold Awards Banquet

Preston Trail DAR Chapter to Hold Awards Banquet

Pottsboro, Texas –  The Preston Trail NSDAR are hosting their yearly awards banquet on May 3, 2018.

The meeting will be presided over by Regent Vicki McComack, with the assistance of all the chapter officers:  1st Vice Regent, Natalie Bauman; 2nd Vice Regent, Catherine Giles; Chaplain, Gay Hilbert; Registrar, Sandy Sharp;

Recording Secretary, Gloria Morton; Corresponding Secretary, Linda McAnaney; Treasurer, Lisa Lettie; Historian, Carolyn Dexheimer; Librarian, Beth Bowling and Parliamentarian, Jonnie Templeton.

Many of the individual chapter members will be awarded certificates for their achievements in service of the community and veterans. The chapter as a whole also received many awards from the Texas State Society DAR for their work during the past year.

Honorees for the banquet are the Preston Trail Chapter Scholarship recipient, Cassandra Hammond of Van Alstyne; DAR Good Citizen, Tyler VanDuser of Bells; Unsung Hero, Billy Teague of Sherman; and a special Posthumous Award for recently deceased daughter, Martha Neyman.

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR meets on the first Thursday of the September through May at 5pm for snacks and fellowship and at 6pm for chapter meetings and programs.

Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter by email at PrestonTrailNSDAR@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrestonTrailNSDARPottsboroTX75076/ .

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR

TPWD Unveils New Alligator Gar Website

TPWD Unveils New Alligator Gar Website

Austin Texas | Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Website serves as information portal for Texas’ largest, longest-lived freshwater fish

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) unveiled a new website April 13 to educate and inform Texans about alligator gar – the largest freshwater fish in Texas and one of the largest freshwater fishes in North America. The site, which can be found at tpwd.texas.gov/texasgar, features informational articles about alligator gar and the findings of studies conducted by TPWD biologists.

The new website was created by TPWD Inland Fisheries staff to provide anglers and non-anglers with all the information they need about Texas alligator gar in one place. That includes information on alligator gar identification, management, distribution and fishing tips and tactics.

Alligator gar get big — really big — and they look like something that should be swimming around with dinosaurs, not bass and crappie. But it is not just their looks that are unique. Alligator gar are like few other fishes that swim in our rivers, reservoirs and estuaries.  There have been many reports of these fish being caught in the Red River and Lake Texoma.

“There is a lot of misinformation floating around about alligator gar regarding their impact on other fish, where they are located throughout the state and population sizes of the gar that live in our reservoirs and rivers,” said Dave Buckmeier, Research Program Director. “This website will provide Texans with a one-stop shop to find science-based facts and information about alligator gar and clear up some of the confusion surrounding these misunderstood fish.”

Some other common myths and misconceptions about alligator gar addressed on the website include the idea that they attack humans, that they are not native to Texas, that they are invasive and that their populations are plentiful throughout their range.

“Alligator gar are only present in a handful states in the country, and although Texas has some of the most robust populations, these fish still face challenges related to angling pressure and limited access to floodplain spawning habitats,” said Dan Daugherty, TPWD research biologist. “In order to sustain this unique fishery for future generations of anglers we want to engage the public and provide a better understanding of these fish both as a recreational resource and as a valuable part of the ecosystem.”

To date, TPWD research has focused on understanding how long alligator gar live, how fast they grow, how often they successfully reproduce and how healthy our populations currently are. But while they have learned a great deal about these topics, researchers know relatively little about the anglers who fish for them.

To help answer this question, the new alligator gar website is hosting pre-registration for an upcoming constituent survey that will gather information about people’s preferences, attitudes and opinions about these fish. This information will be used by researchers to help inform upcoming management decisions about fishing rules and regulations for alligator gar.

“With this survey we will be targeting both anglers and non-anglers in an effort to reach an audience as diverse as Texas itself,” said Warren Schlechte, TPWD research biologist. “The goal is to gain a better understanding of who our constituents are, how our anglers like to fish, their harvest practices, and how they would like to see alligator gar managed in the future.”

The alligator gar constituent survey will launch in June, but anglers can pre-register now on the new alligator gar website here. Pre-registered anglers and non-anglers will be notified via email when the survey launches this summer.

Other resources on the new alligator gar website include links to the species description, current fishing regulations statewide and in select reservoirs, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine feature articles related to alligator gar and a list of publications related to alligator gar life history and management.

To learn more, visit the alligator gar website at tpwd.texas.gov/texasgar.