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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

Monday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 90

Monday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 68

Tuesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 89

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 67

Wednesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 87

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 68

Thursday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 86

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 67


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 9/16: 165.06 (-6.94)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 12)

FAIR. Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 6.74’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms and topwaters. Striped bass are fair on jigs. White bass are good on spoons. Sunfish are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and chicken livers.