|Tic, tic, tic
Only time will be able to tell the whole story about Rayburn's bass fishery as the have or have nots of this past summer's fish kill will only be realized when normal bass spawning periods occur this coming spring.
Rayburn's first true test will come with the BassMaster's as they arrive to fish its waters on February 18-20. This period will be at the beginning of Rayburn's primetime for bass, and is expected to show whether the "Big Girls" are still coming out to play. However, despite the fact that Rayburn hasn't been up to par with its lunker bass catches, the bass fishing on Rayburn has been nothing short of incredable as anglers are finding their fishing time filled with plenty of bass bites and bass catches as reported daily. Average catches of 35 to 70 bass per trip are being seen by the guides.
Meanwhile, the sleeping giant, Lake Toledo Bend, is about to make a statement! For these past 10 years "Big T" has been groomed and re-groomed with massive boat lane cutting projects and massive Florida bass re-stocking programs. All of these "massive" projects were pin-pointing improvements which would target Toledo Bend as becoming "the" Sportsman's Paradise of the South. The boastful hopefulls of these well planned enterprises are about to mesh together as "The Bend" is about to make some noise.
IGFA offers special children's program
The IGFA Organization (the world record people) have come up with something special for the juniors, as "the IGFA Junior Anglers Club" is now taking membership applications for small fry division anglers to 10 years, and junior division anglers from 11 to 16 for both salt water and freshwater species which list 100 of the most popular fish. The entry memberships are only $15 per year which gives the new members a junior club cap, an embroidered jacket emblem, subscription to the International Junior Angler magazine, regular record updates, an IGFA decal, and an individual membership card. For more information on this program as well as others, contact (954)927-2628- or write to IGFA, Gulf Stream Way, Dania, Florida 33004.
Money available for East Texas landowners
Alan Allen, of SCOT (Sportsmans Conservationists of Texas), reports to us that Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has announced that their new forested wetlands incentive program will pilot a project which will provide eastern Texas landowners with funds to use for sustaining forestry practices that will provide bottomland hardwood sawtimber and improved wildlife habitat.
TPWD hopes to create a permanent forested wetlands incentive program with current funds of $70,000 that is now available for landowners projects.
Non-industrial private landowners in the piney woods and post oak savanah of eastern Texas will have priority for funding. Enhancements to existing forested wetlands are preferred for restoration of forests on agricultural land in flood plains (this activity is funded through the USDA's wetlands reserve program). Examples of the most desirable enhancement projects include site preparation and planting, or stand improvement on previously high-graded bottomland forests.
Landowners must provide a 15% cost-share, which may be in kind and/or cash, and project agreements will extend for 15 years. TPWD prefers proposals not exceeding $10,000 per project, although funding levels are flexible depending on project benefits.
Texas Parks & Wildlife card provides support of Lone Star legacy
Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation of Texas and First U.S.A. have teamed up to provide financial support for Texas State Parks and Wildlife resources through the introduction of a Texas Parks & Wildlife platinum Visa branded card.
First U.S.A. will provide contributions to the Lone Star Endowment fund every time a card holder makes a purchase with their TP WD card. Lone Star legacy is a new program to establish an endowment fund to provide on-going and future revenues for the operations and maintenance of each state park, fish hatchery, and wildlife areas of Texas.
A legend passes by
It is with sad pen that I stroke the passing of TOWA legend, Paul Hope, who succumbed to cancer on November 20, 1998. Paul was Executive Director for the Texas Outdoor Writers Association for 25 years, where he spent a lifetime working for the intersts of responsible outdoor journalism.
Paul Hope, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, husband, father, and proud grandfather, will be sorely missed by all who have ever enjoyed the realm of the great outdoors. And if "the river that runs through it" ever had a name, it would be a most fitting tribute to become "The River of Hope," as Paul definitely left his high-water mark on the legacy of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association.
(Editors Note- Memorial contributions can be made to the TOWA scholarship fund, P.O.Box 13925, Arlington, TX 76013 or The Sacred Heart School Endowment Fund, 5911 Reicher Drive, Austin, TX 78723.)
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