Outdoors

The great thing about April in Texas is that this is big bass time, as in double-digit bass, and there is no shortage of lakes that have and still can produce monster class largemouths when they are on the beds and spawning like right now.

But during the past few months, there are three lakes that stick out like a sore thumb when it comes to producing 13-pound-plus bass. They are O.H. Ivie, Austin and Falcon.

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Since it’s springtime and there are so many super outdoor happenings available, I’ll offer a potpourri of choices. Any one or more of them would be a good choice.

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There has long been a tradition of wintertime crappie fishing at the Chicken Coop on Toledo Bend reservoir. That area is north of Milam off Highway 87. There are, however, some really productive crappie fishing areas on not only Toledo Bend but also Sam Rayburn and Lake Livingston. Our local bayous were once very productive crappie fishing waters, but I have no reports since Hurricane Ike’s saltwater surge.

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For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been a proposal brought forth that would effect Texas whitetail deer regulations. Scott Vaca of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin verified the proposal in response to an e-mail that I sent to him. It has been proposed that it to be legal for licensed whitetail deer breeders to slaughter and sell whitetail deer meat. The average hunter or rancher will be excluded from this proposal. Only the elite will be able to sell for meat the animals that were once the property of the Texas taxpayers and hunting license holders.

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The water temperature on Sabine Lake this past Tuesday was 63 degrees and about the same on Lake Calcasieu, two of the hottest trout fishing spots on the entire Gulf coast right about now.

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The annual springtime wild turkey seasons are getting close. In fact, the Rio Grande youth’s only seasons are March 26-27 and May 21-22 for the north zone. The south zone youth hunts are March 12-13 and May 7-8. The regular north zone season for 101 counties is April 2 through May 15. For the 54 south zone counties, the season goes from March 19 through May 1.

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