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In a Word, It Should Be Good, Or As Biologists Tend To Say -- "Average."

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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: tbehrcomm@gmail.com




Jason Hardin, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologist, provided the following notes on spring turkey season overall, including where to hunt and when:

“The Edwards Plateau has always been the hot spot for Rios,” Hardin said. “The Cross Timbers always has the second-highest number of birds harvested. The reasons we have so many Rios in the Edwards Plateau, the Cross Timbers and in the coastal sand plains of South Texas is due to the availability of roosting habitat. The most limiting factor for Rios in most cases is adequate roosting cover.

“Rios prefer to nest in the biggest and largest grove of trees around. These are typically associated with creeks and rivers. There is no lack of rivers, creeks and other waterways in the Edwards Plateau and Cross Timbers. The coastal sand plains is known for its distribution of large live oak mottes. These systems provide the Rios with adequate roosting habitat to better utilize the greater landscape. These areas typically provide rangelands dominated by native grasses and scattered shrubs, and these landscape features provide excellent nesting, brood-rearing and escape cover for adults and young alike.

“Our seasons are staggered (north zone and south zone) and they are also fairly long to better capture gobbling activity. Texas is a big and diverse state. This is true if you look east to west where we have a significant rainfall gradient, or if you look south to north where we experience a growing season gradient. A lot of hunters insist on hunting the opening weekend. However, this typically is only a good idea if we had a mild winter with adequate rainfall.

The condition of the hens will play a large role in when they begin to breed. Mild and wet winters lead to early green vegetation being available earlier in the year, which means hens are ready to breed earlier than in more droughty or colder winters.

“By allowing for a long season, we provide hunters with an opportunity to better capture breeding activity. It is really impossible in Texas to put a date on the calendar and know for certain year-in and year-out that gobbling activity will be where the hunter wants it.”

The general Rio Grande spring turkey season runs March 31-May 3, 2020, in South Texas and April 4-May 17, 2020, in northern counties. The north zone youth-only season is March 28-29 and May 23-24. The youth-only dates in the south zone are March 14-15 and May 9-10. For more information on this year’s season check the TP&WD website.

 




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Sunday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 73

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 63

Monday

Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 78

Monday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 68

Tuesday

Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 83

Tuesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

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Wednesday

Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 87

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Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 4/5: 172.15 (+0.15)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 1)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 65-66 degrees; 0.03’ low. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs shallow and with cover. There are so many habitats to fish largemouth. Make sure to find extended cover spots. Striped bass are fair. White bass remain slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in structure. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.