Check out the night bite for Rayburn, Toledo Bend bass

The white bass run on Lake Livingston is excellent with upward of 100 fish being

I’ve got all sorts of outdoor news to send your way this week. First is the fantastic fishing for white bass on Lake Livingston. I’ve fished this lake for years and know for a fact that the white bass fishing right about now is second to none.

Roy James reports that he and his family are averaging 50 to 100 white bass per trip while fishing extended points on the middle and upper areas of the lake. The best tactic is to use white or yellow jigging spoons with buck tail trailers. The best catches are in 15 to 20 feet of water.

The topwater bite for largemouth bass is red hot on both Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. The best tactic is to work frogs or Heddon Tiny Torpedo’s along the shoreline of creeks and over shallow grass. The night bite will more than likely be excellent this week on the backside of the full moon. A black Booyah Buzz bait is tough to beat at night.

Sabine Lake catches of flounder are good, as are fair numbers of trout and reds. Flounder are best in Sabine Pass on jigs tipped with fresh shrimp. Reds and trout are good on the Gulf side of the Louisiana jetty on Yum Houdini Shad tails rigged on 1/4-ounce white or chartreuse Bomber jig heads.


The 29th season for the Toyota ShareLunker program ended April 30, with a total of six fish entered.

David Roulston kicked off the season with his catch of a 13.88-pound largemouth bass from Lake Fork on Nov. 20. The fish was 26.75 inches long and 20.5 inches in girth. He was fishing in 25 feet of water with a Brush Hog.

Blair Schwarz of McAllen caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County on Feb. 19. That huge bass weighed 14.30 pounds and was caught on a Jackall ASKA squarebill crankbait in about 6 feet of water.

Lake Ray Roberts gave up the third ShareLunker on March 7. She weighed a whopping 15.18 pounds and hit a jerkbait. The fish was 26.25 inches long and 21.5 inches in girth. Larry Hodge with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker program says this bass is the current lake record for Ray Roberts and is just over 3 ounces shy of making the list of 50 heaviest largemouth bass ever caught in Texas.

Also on March 7, Wayman Triana of Nacogdoches caught Toyota ShareLunker 561 from Sam Rayburn during a Bass Champs tournament. The 13.05-pound fish was 25.5 inches long and 21 inches in girth. Triana says he caught her in 15 feet of water on a crankbait at 1:30 p.m.

Darrell Tompkins of Huffman, also fishing on Sam Rayburn, rounded out a three-ShareLunker day, catching Toyota ShareLunker 562 at 6 p.m. Tompkins was throwing a spinnerbait in shallow water when the 14.32-pound bass took it.

The last bass of the season was caught by David Perciful on Lake Conroe. She was caught on April 7 during a bass fishing tournament. The fish weighed 13.14 pounds and was caught in 6 feet of water on an 8-inch Texas-rigged lizard.


The National Marine Fisheries Service has just announced the season dates and catch limits on red snapper for commercial and recreational fishermen. For 2015, the red snapper allowable catch is increasing from 11 to 14.3 million pounds. The commercial and recreational sector quotas will be based on the current 51 percent commercial and 49 percent recreational allocation. The commercial quota will increase to 7.29 million pounds; the recreational quota will increase to 7.01.

The red snapper commercial sector is managed under an individual fishing quota program. The increase to the commercial quota will be distributed to shareholders on or shortly after the effective date of the final rule.

However, to better ensure the recreational sector does not exceed its quota, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently established a recreational catch target that is less than the recreational quota, and asked NOAA Fisheries to base the length of the recreational fishing season on this catch target instead of the quota.

Recently, NOAA Fisheries also established a federally permitted charter vessel/headboat (for-hire) component and a private angling component within the recreational sector, allocated the red snapper recreational quota and annual catch target between the components, and established separate seasonal closure provisions for the two components. The resulting annual catch targets are 2.371 million pounds for the federally permitted for-hire component, and 3.234 million pounds for the recreational sector.

For 2015, the red snapper recreational season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will be different for the two components of the recreational sector. Both the for-hire and private angling components will open June 1 at 12:01 a.m. Closing dates for recreational anglers is June 11. The federal for-hire vessels can fish through July 15.

The federal-water red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.