New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, July 25,1985 10A
Wrap up summer with trip to coast
By CHARLES PARSONS Outdoors writer
Two facts are quickly becoming evident to nearly everyone. July has less than one full week left, leaving the kids to prepare for the upcoming school year and most families saying goodbye to their prime vacation months.
If you have just one or two more weekends to spend outdoors and want both the family and the outdoorsman in the family to really enjoy it, try the middle coast area for both speckled trout and redfish fishing. The best part is that the weather has been tolerable and you don’t need a boat to feast on both fine fishing and eating fish.
The greatest number of speckled trout, or more properly, spotted sea trout, are caught from April through July, albeit most are in the one to two pound ranges. The bigger fish were caught in deeper waters, mostly offshore, requiring the need of a boat (or an expensive guide).
Right now these same larger fish can be caught from beachfront piers, rockwalkers and from fishing the flats bordering jetties, wading the surf and working the passes that link the Gulf of Mexico with the back bays.
Concerning the best bait to use, this is also one of the better times because bait camps generally have a good supply of jumbo three- to four-inch shrimp, which attract the bulk of specks caught, regardless of the time of the
year. However, you don’t necessarily need live shrimp to catch trout. Actually, most trophy fish are caught on artificial lures, spoons and leadhead jugs such as Kelley Wigglers and Touts, plugs like Mirr-O-Lures and Bingos.
As speckled trout grow larger, they tend to feed more on small fish rather than just shrimp. Many fishermen are beginning to use fingerling mullet, live mud minnows and three- to four-inch long pinfish and croakers, which can be purchased or easily caught with a cast net in the shallows of the surf.
Because of the record freeze in December of 1984 that killed an estimated 15,000,000 fish — including 600,000 trout — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials imposed several changes. The daily limit on trout was reduced from 20 to IO and the possession limit from 40 to 20. The minimum size limit was increased from 12 to 14 inches.
This will help, since trout do not normally spawn until they are 12 inches long.
“With the minimum size increased to 14 inches, we feel most speckled trout will get through one spawn before they are harvestable size,” said Gary Saul, director of the Parks and Wildlife Department’s finfish program.
All things combined — weather, fishing and nice beaches — this should make for a good family trip before the summer ends. So, if you get the chance, take off and enjoy.
Pond designed for special people
By DONNA FIELDER Denton Record Chronicle
MCKINNEY (AP» — The road through Caddo Park leads to one of the most popular boat docks on I .ake I.avon. All day the big fishing rigs come and go, packed with the latest gear guaranteed to bring in the big ones.
James Oby doesn’t look up from his rod and reel. Shifting his wheelchair to take better advantage of the shade, he casts his line over the fence to the middle of the tank. Let others have the lake. He’s pleased to pond fish in the park developed with people like him in mind. It’s safe and accessible. And when the caU;isifcaUiU>lUng, it’s a fisherman’s dream.
Oby is one of many people with physical handicaps who take advantage of the Corps of Engineers park developed especially for them. He’s been coming about once a week for seven or eight years, he said. His wife, Ester, drives him in from Dallas for his favorite sport.
“I’m 76 years old,” he said. “I retired in 1974, and I’ve been steady on the creeks since then. I lost my legs in '79. The doctors tried to replace the veins in my legs, and it didn t work. So they took em off. I didn’t want to stop fishing, though. That’s why I like it here. You can’t accidentally fall off. You can just fish and be comfortable.”
Cordie and J.D. Harrelson run the park that’s open March I to Sept. 30 every year. Equipped with three ponds stocked with catfish, the park is set aside for people who have physical handicaps, but every fisherman may have one person on the docks to help. Each pond is surrounded by a concrete ramp to make access easier for wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Each is guarded by fences, and there is plenty of bench space to sit and sun w hile waiting for a nibble.
Everything in the park was built w ith the handicapped in mind, Mrs. Harrelson said.
“We’ve got several covered picnic areas with barbecue grills. The whole family can come and picnic while the handicapped person fishes,” she said. "The picnic tables have concrete benches only on one side, so wheelchairs may pull up to the other side, and even the* water foun-
Equipped with three ponds stocked with catfish, the park is set aside for people who have physical handicaps, but every fisherman may have one person on the docks to help.
tams are built low, so a person sitting can get a drink
The park opens at 6 a m. and closes at IO p.m., seven days a week, and there is a telephone for emergencies, she said.
Albert Simmons, 81, fishes in the park about once a week. His wife, Lorraine, drives him m from Dallas, and she also must cast his line and pull in his fish. A bad back keeps him from moving about freely, but it hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for fishing.
Simmons was trying to fish in Lake I^ivon last summer, his wife explained, when he almost fell in. The man who caught him told him about Caddo Park He’s been coming once a week ever since.
Pat Barnard comes out often from his home in McKinney. An artificial knee keeps him dependent on a cane.
"I went to the coast every year for 30 years,” he said. “It’s too far to go now, so I come here.”
The ponds are stocked several times a sununer with catfish, Mrs. Harrelson said, and there are a few crappie rn the ponds. A limit of four fish a day is imposed. Fishing and park facilities are free to the handicapped, and no one else may use the park.
to sponsor shows
A new series of half-hour outdoor shows produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will air on public television beginning in August.
The series, called “Made in Texas,” is shot on location throughout the state and includes features on conservation and enjoyment of the state’s wildlife and fisheries, parks and other outdoor resources.
The first program in the series will highlight recreational opportunities. It will include a ride on the Texas State Railroad, reminiscent of railroading^ “Golden Era”; an archaeology-related educational feature on Seminole Canyon State Historical Park; a feature on bowhunting, and a look at production of red drum at the John Wilson Marine Fish Hatchery near Corpus Christi.
Subsequent programs will contain segments on deer management, Ix>st Maples State Park, flyfishing for bass and coastal wetlands.
AUSTIN — Some of the most
picturesque and enduring facilities in Texas’ state park system were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps more than 50 years ago.
The depression-era federal agency put young men to work on projects rn 31 stale parks, and their handiwork is reflected in lodges, cabins, bridges and forestry and soil conservation projects.
To commemorate this achievement, a traveling exhibit has been constructed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and it will begin a three-year tour of state parks at Longhorn Cavern State Park on Aug. 4. After the first of the year, it will be taken to other parks where CCC projects were completed during the 1930’s.
The exhibit deals with the role of the CCC in state and national parks, CCC camp life, influence of the CCC on the lives of the participants and the legacy of cultural resources left by the CCC. Old photographs show much of the day-to-day activities in the camps.
The Parks and Wildlife Department has become increasingly aware of the history and cultural resources rn its CCC parks. In 1983-84, with grant assistance from the Texas Historical Commission, the depart-
AUSTIN (AP) Here is the fishing report compiled bv the Parks and Wildlife Department CENTRAL
BROWNWOOD Water clear, two feet low;
black bass fair to 2’> pounds on worms, cranks, striper fair to tour pounds, crappie fair to 20 fish per string, white bass fair to 30 fish per string,
channel catfish good to 3 tv pounds, yellow catfish good to 31 pounds
BUCHANAN Water clear, eight feet low, black bass good to si* pounds on blue worms, striper fair to 12 pounds on yellow jigs. crappie good to 30 fish per string at night only around Paradise Point and Htghline Dock on minnows: white bass good to 40 fish per string on white slabs early and late ratfish good to 18 pounds on hotline with small perch or carp
FAYETTE Water clear 86 degrees normal level, black bass fair to eight pounds, five ounces n black worms catfish fair sunfish excellent GIBBONS CREEK Water fairly murky, 84 degrees, two feet low, black bass fairly slow in keeper class several in 17 20 inch si ie on minnows, cranks and Rattraps, crappie good to 1. fish per string, catfish real good to seven pounds on rod and reel with stinkbait, shirmp liver ,
LBJ Water murky 80 degrees normal level trial k t>,iss fair lo 2 i pounds on black worms wit* blue tails striper fair to four pounds on white jigs white bass good to 25 fish per string on topwaters in Llano arm catfish good to 14 pounds on bottine with cutbait
LIMESTONE Water muddy 78 degrees one ti ' low black bass tan to four pounds on spun • 1 s striper slow crappie fair midlake to 40 tis! 1 un f ..UIS on minnows white bass good i is the same area catfish fairly good to eight pounds on shad
SOM1RVILLE Water dear 84 degrees n ii- a*. • vet. black bass slow stripers tan to si* pounds on Pe! spoons chappie good to 120 bsh per string on minnows at night white bass good but S’ ai attish good to 4 7 pounds on shrimp NEY Water clear 79 degrees 18 inches k trass stow to three pounds striper fairly i 16'. pounds on peich and trotting I wit lo I i pounds with strings to IOO • imows white bass good to 146 fish to ■ ids on jigs in McKown Valley area, blue good to 34 pounds on grasshoppers haunt , urhsh good to 4 7 pounds on Gordons NORTHE AST
ATHENS Water deal 74 tfegrees lake full
a* k bass good to si* pounds on purple worms in ) 2‘ feet I * waler and trolling chrome Model A ai ; ' in al 52 leer on minnows white bass
*> .. nu 1 ear ifam also quod at 35 tee! when ut s, re.. nog yellow tallish good lo 52 pounds 1 iv ! ut a IO feet ol waler blue cattish good
1 22 Is rr Bob s tneam very good a single
• I I me ounce walleye caught on Bagley rad botling
BOB SANDLIN Waler clear BO degrees jim.1 • vt black bass slow to nine pounds 12 .bices ■••vetai fives sues on purple worms and ack worm* in 25 feet of water crapper fartry ■ *J )**r bridges ir 40 lee! of waler on mm >ws attish lav to nine pounds Oh bottine on ie bail
BRIDGEPORT Watei (leat 85 degrees 4V> '<•’ ii w blat * bass law to 3'i pounds on piastre ’ ms and si i.e«s striper and white bass good
ap, ie escettent to IOO bsh per string on mm IAN caff 1st g> Kl drifting on shrimp CADDO Wale' clear norma* level black bass 4 i t. Js O' Beetle Spin rn riverbed
ii im’ tan ti I ’ j pounds on minnows over moss
merit inventoried all CCC-produred items in the park systems The findings of this research have been utilized by historians and other professionals during this period of revived interest in CCC activities.
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CEDAR CREEK Water clear 83 degrees in 1* • vt- blat * Pass spotty to 3Vy pounds on ,'W mas hybrid striper slow crappie fair at 20 • ct w ” strings to 25 fist cattish good to tour , ju' ds duffing and on Hotline
CV PR ESS SPRINGS Water clear 94 degrees a- foot above normal black bass tardy good to * (x -ui’ds on t hrftitevise #n Macs worms crappie •an to 25 fish cadish real good lo 17 pounds on boti, its with shrimp Tender Chunk dug tood FAIRFIELD Water clearing 18 arches low 1 ii.I* * t><iss lea* good to seven pounds on piastre worms hybrid striper fairly good to two pounds id.sh no good to 49 (rounds on bottine with bv#
FORK Water clear 88 degrees normal level
Mi k bass gin Kl to seven pounds on strawberry .% oms hippie mal good to 140 fish per stimy on
w- -.1 end o* dam in timber rn 12 14 lee! of water -•dish good to 16 pounds on Nve ban and cutbait LAKE O THE PINES Water clear B4 degrees > niches low blat k bass taw to five pounds on worms and frogs rn titty pads hybrid striper si utty, crappie fan in 16 feet of water on min u .vs, cadish good to eight pounds un Hotline with cutbait
MONTICELLO Waler clear IOO degrees amel eve) black bass law to seven pounds on « an I blank worms and BangOlutes crappie suw cadish good to nine pounds on trotlines and drifting
MOSS LAKE Watei clear 80 degrees normal
level black bass small but plentiful to two pounds on Bayou Boogies and slabs cat ti st' real good to
seven pounds on live bait. worms crawdads stink trait
MURVAUL Water murky, one tool below (oilway bleck bass tawly good to eryht pounds n .my tours lives on bu// baits Tiny Torpedo and Moss Boss (1 apple fairly slow cattish taw drifting main channel on catalpa worms shrimp worms PALESTINE Water tawly clear eight inches tow black bass taw to 6’k pounds on topwaters early and late worms good midday rn the wooded areas, crappie slow cattish taw on tdiciipd wolfns
RAV HUBBARD Water clear BB degrees one toot low black bass tawly slow. Striper tawly slow crappie fair around brush pries and bridge pilings
All fishing is very good on the lake, with bass and catfish biting on all kinds of worms. The bass are averaging five to six pounds each and the catfish are all sizes and in big numbers. Crappie and perch also are biting well Report courtesy McQueeney Marina.
The fishing is slow on the lake, with most of the fish staying near the bottom in deep water A few fishermen are catching catfish on trotlines and rod and reel and small black and largemouth bass are available, but not in big numbers. Report courtesy Canyon Lake Marina
white bass slowing, cattish slow
TAWAKONI Water cleat 75 degrees normal level black bass good to five pounds on top waters spinners black worms striper taw to four pounds crappie slowing down in 40 feet of water on minnows white bass slow catfish slowing to three pounds
TEXOMA Water clear 81 degrees nom,.) level black bass good to five pounds on ch.n treuse spinners and black Fliptail worms striper good to 22 pounds early and late on topwaters and live bait nappie slow white bass fair *»■ Bayou Boogie cattish excellent to 30 pounds WELSH Walei clear IOO degrees one ti Kit low black bass good lo seven pounds 1 ii strawberry worms, crappie slow catfish tau I 15 pounds On rod and reel with shrimp bluegii eice Bent
CONROE Water clear one foot low bu* k bass slow a few to nine pounds on worms and DB 3 hybrid striper slow white bass tau and sk-w spoons crappie scattered but good sized just of* bottom cattish good on bottine wuh wi ens shrimp stinkbait grass *arp e«i ellen) to 30 pounds on Papa Earl dooghbaa rn taely 0 od numbers
HOUSTON COUNTY Water (.lear 78 degrees normal level black bass good to seven pounds ■■ black worms, striper good to two pounds rapii e good to three pounds white bass eacetie- t to impounds calif sh good to 13 pounds on bottine LIVINGSTON Water dear 86 degrees norm., level black bass tea to nine pound on drape worms and crawdads Striper fan to 8 1 porn I , white bass generaBy good on stiver slabs to 150 fish per day, crappie ta« channel catfish .).*■«! t. 2’> pounds blue catfish good lo 38 pounds ye!low catfish good to 76 pounds RAYBURN Water dear 70 degrees 1*. tee low black bass good lo five pounds around im ss banks plastic worms Striper stow hybrid Stigler and white bass good in open water in tardy good numbers crappie good. cattish tan SOUTH
AMIS TAO Water dear 80 degrees 22 *• »*' low black bass fairly slow stillier good ru 25 pounds deep, crappie slow white bast taut, good cattish tardy good around river mouth BFiAuNlG Water clear lo mm I, 96 deg'ei normal level black bass slow to hine poi.' .Is redtish good to 22 pounds on sp -on* and Hellbenders Striper real good to Si* pounds channel cattish good to si* pounds blue cattier good to 14 pounds eight ounces three bt -w drum lo five pounds
CALAVERAS Water clee' 86 degrees nor'n* level bleck bess good lo 8 pounds on inept* worms and Spoons striper tenty good with stringers to 40 pounds blue cathy/ ta* 1, cr,r pounds on shed chennef catt y/, mu* yellow catfish good to 29 pounds on biapia orange mouth tan lo 2 5 pounds <)n stied a ,1 Shrimp
COLETO CREEK Water clear 86 deqires normal level black bass tan to si* pounds on rad worms averge about two pounds crappie good to 20 fish pa- string to one pound uh minnows white bass slow cattish good to three pounds O' Hotline with bkicidbait kver and worms
FALCON Watar clear 25 feet low bleck beys Slow IO sr* pounds Striper tee to lo POU' Iv around dam figging and botling crappie vow white bass good around state park cattish good but small
MEDINA Water clear T9 leer low butt k bess and aU fishing generally stow waler skiing cr callant
TEX ANA Water clear above highway 69 82 degrees normal (aval black bass tan above Highway 59 in (ungte and rn Navtdad crappie taw hi Navidad Mustang and around hrghlmes cattier taw and smaB WEST
FORT PHANTOM HILL Water Clear 78 degi trek seven leat low bleck bass stow, caf fish good to su pounds on rod and reef with minnows oft docks c/sppre peking up
GREENBELT RESERVOIR Water clear 76 degrees four feet tow bleck bass slow crappie stowing down to five per string to two pounds each cattish good to T4 pounds on minnows worms stud shrimp walleye stowing
HUBBARD CREEK Water cleat 83 degrees 7 Vy feet below spillway bleck bass good rn numbers lo 11k pounds on white bu// baits and motor oil worms stripei tawly stow crappie tawly good cattish good to four pounds on trotlwie MEREDITH Water clear 79 degrees two feet tow black bass law to 2 '1 pounds on spinners plastic worms minnows night crawlers, crappie fairly stow cattish good to 40 pounds on I to ti me walleye tartly good to nm# pounds trolling in 35 40 tee! of water or from rocky banks on night crawlers
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