Lake Toledo Bend Attractions: Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum




Lake Toledo Bend Attractions: Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum


Lake Toledo Bend offers many different attractions to visitors. Besides lake activities, there are many things to do as a family. One place to add to your bucket list for the Lake Toledo Bend area is visiting the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum.


Remembering Columbia


The focus of this NASA museum is “Remembering Columbia.” Columbia disintegrated over the Eastern portion of Texas upon re-entry into the atmosphere to land in 2003. Columbia is the first orbiter fleet used in test program missions (STS 1 through STS 4).


Touring the Museum


Touring the museum offers information about the journey through this first historical flight. Information is also presented on the two individuals who gave their lives up via the mission’s return.


Location, Hours, & Admission


The NASA Museum is located at 375 Sabine Street in Hemphill, Texas. Regular operating hours are from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum is closed on Sundays unless individual reservations are acquired. Admission pricing for entrance is $5 per adult and $3 per student. For more info, please call 409-787-4827.

 

 




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Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 30)

GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orv

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