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Texas is a great place to land your first fish. Why? Because the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers new anglers landing their first fish a “First Fish Award” for simply documenting their catch with a photo and a quickly completed application.

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As our Central Texas reservoirs reach their annual peak temperatures, anglers often probe water deeper than 15-20 feet to find fish. Any time fish are caught from deep water, barotrauma is a possibility. The extra stress that summer heat puts on fish retained in a live well can amplify the n…

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This past Tuesday evening, 58 teams participated in the 19th Tuesday night 3X9 Series bass tournament held on Stillhouse Hollow this season. The total number of fish brought to the scales for weigh-in was 90, and the cumulative weight of those fish was just over 242 pounds, hence an average …

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Topwater time is here. The young-of-the-year shad which were spawned toward the beginning of the roughly 10-week long threadfin shad spawn have already grown out to nearly an inch in length. These small fish have moved to open water where they now feed upon algae blooming near the surface.

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On the  afternoon of May 20, Michelle Oster and her three children were treated to a free, four-hour fishing trip on Belton Lake during which the kids, 15-year-old Alicia Wegmann, 9-year-old Jayden Lamay, and 8-year-old Giovanni Lamay, landed 95 fish, including mainly hybrid striped bass and…

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Despite damp, southerly winds gusting over 23 miles per hour, 45 two-angler teams showed up ready to compete at  Tuesday’s 11th 3X9 Series bass tournament of the 2017 season held on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

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On Saturday morning, May 6th, Jereme Hosch and Garret Hennig set out on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir to scout out productive areas in hopes of returning to fish those areas on the following Tuesday’s 3X9 Series tournament.

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On Wednesday morning, Jonathan and Sarah Manning of Copperas Cove and their children, Emily and Jacob, took a guided fishing trip with me on Belton Lake based on the recommendation of Kirk Bateman, a friend of theirs from Eastside Baptist Church. This trip was an early gift to Sarah for Moth…

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With eight of the planned 30 bass tournament events now completed, the top three two-angler teams are as follows: In first place are brothers Adrian and Daniel Barnes, in second place is the team of James Millsap and Jody Berger, and in third place is the team of Floyd and Vickie Lesiker.

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Big fish eat little fish. This week alone, even with Belton Lake’s fishery still somewhat negatively impacted by the recent flooding and ongoing heavy release of water from the dam, clients of mine landed over 520 fish, with many of the largest fish — hybrid striped bass — taken on live shad.

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On April 1, 221 two-angler teams launched out on Belton Lake competing for a first-place purse that totaled over $32,000 for the team bringing in the heaviest five-fish limit of bass in only the second Texas Teams Trail Tournament event to visit Belton Lake since the organization was founded.

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On Friday, I was joined by Raymond and Anna Pagel for a half-day of hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing on Belton Lake. The Pagels are well-traveled anglers, having fished in bluewater for big gamefish, in Mexico for bass, and in Alaska for trout, salmon and halibut.

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Through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Recognition Program, both resident and non-resident anglers of any age may earn a TPWD First Fish Award by documenting the capture of the first fish of their lifetime and then sending in an appropriate application to the TPWD’s Austin office.

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With the season’s first catches of white bass now taking place at and beyond the logjam area on the Leon River above Belton Lake, and above the Gravel Crossing area on the Lampasas River on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, there is no doubt we are experiencing an early spring and an earlier than…

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Jaime Gonzales, an avid reader of this column from Harker Heights, phoned me recently. He explained how he and his two friends, Ruben Cavazos and Jose Chapa, routinely fished on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir but did not enjoy the kind of success I regularly report my clients enjoying while fis…

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After competing in four tournaments to earn their way to the championship event held Jan. 21-22, 61 teams made the cut and went head to head in the final of the 17th annual TuffMan championship two-day, two-lake tournament. The first day was spent on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir and the secon…