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Texas Fishing and Hunting Have Not Been Cancelled

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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




Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order implementing a protocol for "essential services and activities" amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including fishing and hunting in the list.

The executive order -- issued March 31 -- reads, in part:
"This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting parks, hunting or fishing so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household."

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials recently have been alerted to numerous posts on social media stating that hunting and fishing seasons for 2020-2021 had been canceled, despite no such order being given by state officials. In a statement, TPWD issued the following message: "There are some 'fake news' articles circulating social media that say the 2020-21 hunting and fishing season has been canceled. This is a hoax and not true. Always confirm TPWD-related issues through our website at tpwd.texas.gov."

While hunting and fishing remain open in the Lone Star State, many points of access to lakes, reservoirs and bays and even Gulf of Mexico beaches, have been shut down. Numerous local governments and agencies have issued their own decrees to close marinas and boat ramps, as well as not allowing fishing from piers and jetties -- places where anglers can congregate.

TPWD urges anglers to check community ordinances and check the status of the location you’re planning to fish before heading out. Also fishermen and hunters are reminded to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing and follow all guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to TPWD.
The executive order will remain in place through April.





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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Monday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 84

Monday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 71

Tuesday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 87

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 68

Wednesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 90

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 70

Thursday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 91

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 71


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 6/1: 171.88 (-0.12)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.01’ high. Boat traffic has increased with pent up demand, so please use caution in boat lanes. Largemouth bass are good in the spring pattern with Carolina rigs, topwater, and jigs. There are hot spots just off of texas island drops. Striped bass remain fair in deep water. White bass are fair on deep points fishing Alabama rigs when you can and spoons when you can’t. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.