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Green Wing Teal Populations Up; Blue Wing Teal Populations Down

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com




This year’s annual duck survey released by U.S. Fish & Wildlife estimates the breeding duck population at 38.9 million, about a 6 percent decrease from last year’s count of 41.19 million. The overall count still remains 10 percent above the long-term average.

Kevin Kraai, waterfowl program leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department was reported as saying that the prognostications for waterfowl aren’t necessarily that great for Texas.

He said that very dry and very hot is a bad combination heading into the summer before the season, but it’s actually interesting in one way. When we have really dry years, records show better waterfowl harvests and success rates because with less water on the landscape the birds don’t have as many places to go.

The silver lining…if you hunt the bays of the Texas coast, during dry years, the areas tend to have a better season. The dry conditions should put ducks where the majority of Texas hunters are hunting.

SPECIES SURVEY 2019-2018
Mallard 9.42-9.26
Gadwall 3.26-2.89
American Wigeon 2.83-2.82
Green-Winged Teal 3.18-3.04
Blue-Winged Teal 5.43 6.45
Northern Pintail 2.27-2.37
Northern Shoveler 3.65-4.21
Redhead 0.73-1.00
Canvasback 0.65-0.69
Scaup 3.59-3.99
(Numbers in Millions)

 




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Tuesday

Thunderstorms

Hi: 81

Tuesday Night

Thunderstorms

Lo: 60

Wednesday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 70

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 45

Thursday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 66

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 46

Friday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 72

Friday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 58


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 10/15: 164.89 (-7.11)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Oct. 10)

FAIR. Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 6.93’ low. Largemouth bass are being found in shallower water changing from mid–summer conditions. They remain fair on soft crankbait, spinners, plastic worms, jigs and propeller baits. Striped bass have been seen schooling and are good on topwater, rattle traps, and spoons. White bass are fair on spoons and small crankbaits. Sunfish are good on pellets, crickets, and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.