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Texas Fish & Game January 2020

December 24, 2019

INSIDE COVER: Minn Kota – January 2020

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December 24, 2019

BACK COVER: Blue Wave Boats – January 2020

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December 24, 2019

TEXAS FISH & GAME Staff – January 2020

Published by Texas Fish & Game Publishing Co., LLC. TEXAS FISH & GAME is the largest independent, family-owned regional outdoor publication in America. Owned by Ron & Stephanie Ward and Roy & Ardia Neves. PUBLISHER Roy and […]
December 24, 2019

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves – January 2020

Twenty-Twenty Vision WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR. In fact, welcome to a new decade.      Before proceeding, we acknowledge that the year 2020 is considered to be part of the Teens decade by calendar experts—who also […]
December 24, 2019

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – January 2020

Pike On The Edge AS SOMEONE who will hit 59 next month I sure could relate to your latest column. I miss some of those earlier efforts, but don’t miss the pain that seems to come […]
December 24, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore – January 2020

Texans Hunting Across North America SEVEN DEGREES IS COLD. It is especially cold for someone who lives in Southeast Texas and the chill is taken to a new level when the wind is blowing 15 miles […]
December 24, 2019

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett – January 2020

Waterfowl Glory Days HALF A CENTURY AGO, the waterfowl hunting opportunities within an easy hour of the outskirts of Houston were remarkable. I know. I was there. I can’t say “world class,” as measured against the phenomenal […]
December 24, 2019

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent – January 2020

Quicksand! NO REALLY! QUICKSAND! I often rave about my sacred swamp on our old Michigan family hunting grounds, and it is indeed a wildlife paradise sacred swamp. This wonderful October afternoon would not bode well for […]
December 24, 2019

LUNKER GENES – January 2020

Bass DNA Profile Proves Sharelunker Genetic Potential IN FEBRUARY 2017, Marine Creek Lake produced the first ever-confirmed Toyota ShareLunker offspring entered in the program, a major milestone in the program’s effort to create bigger, better bass […]
December 24, 2019

VANISHING FLOUNDER – January 2020

Inside the Decline of Southern Flounder THE SOUTHERN FLOUNDER (Paralicthys lethostigma) is an extremely important fish in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. It is revered by a hardcore contingent of flounder specialist anglers, appreciated by […]
December 24, 2019

FISHING BOAT TECH – January 2020

SAYING THAT boating-related technology has come a long way, is a huge understatement. This is especially true when it comes to fishing-related tech. The last decade alone has seen advances so vast they have literally changed the […]
December 24, 2019

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams – January 2020

Taking it to the Bank Houston County Lake kicks out biggest bass in nearly 30 years IF YOU LIKE big fish stories, you’ll love the one told by Jim Crockett of Brock. Crockett is a 63-year-old pipeline […]
December 24, 2019

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales – January 2020

Infectious Subject SO, LET’S DISCUSS WOUND CARE. If you fish long enough, you are going to get some kind of wound. It can be a hook in a body part, or a catfish spine, you might […]
December 24, 2019

HUNTING TEXAS TIMBERDOODLES – January 2020

Experts Say Migrant Woodcocks are Way Underutilized Wintertime Hunters THERE DOESN’T SEEM to be much glamour in the life of a timberdoodle (woodcock). These peculiar-looking migratory birds are actually shorebirds that have adapted to life in […]
December 24, 2019

HORNS ACROSS THE BORDER – January 2020

DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP were nonexistent in the mountainous regions of Sierra El Alamo in Sonora, Mexico 30 years ago. At the time of this writing 100 desert bighorns have been released onto open range there, bringing […]
December 24, 2019

TEXAS WHITETAILS by Larry Weishuhn – January 2020

Late Season WHATYA THINK—field or woods?” questioned my brother. Before I could answer, he continued. “With this hard north wind? I’d say woods, but the hard freezes have pretty well done in most of the green […]
December 24, 2019

SPECIAL HUNTING REPORT by Chester Moore – January 2020

The Truth About the Feral Hog Problem LAST MONTH’S DEATH of Christine Rollins, 59, of Anahuac, was officially been ruled to have been caused by feral hogs. This, according to a statement released by the Chambers County […]
December 24, 2019

OUTDOOR NATION – IF IT’S WINTER, IT’S SHOW TIME – January 2020

January is About Outdoor Trade Shows TIS THE SEASON for outdoor trade shows. This month is loaded with shows involved with everything from boats to safari hunting and the shows we are listing here are open […]
December 24, 2019

THE TF&G REPORT – January 2020

Game Wardens Contend With Poachers THE FOLLOWING items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports. HOW TRASHY On Nov. 20, a Lubbock district game warden received a call about several illegally dumped […]
December 24, 2019

TEXAS HOT SHOTS – January 2020

Whitetail Missouri   Redfish South Padre   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest     0
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine – January 2020

Wintertime Fishing on Sabine: Day by Day IF YOU HAVE ANY intentions of making a trip up the coast to fish Sabine Lake in January, it would be best not to think of it as a wintertime […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston – January 2020

A New Year Still Favors Traditional Methods AS ALWAYS, January will probably be a mixed month for coastal Texas. Often this month brings us the coldest weather our admittedly temperate climate will have to offer. Still, there […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda – January 2020

The Fish’s Point of View LOOK AT IT FROM the fish’s point of view; fish are most comfortable when the water temperature is between 70º and 80ºF and the bay water salinity is around 15 parts per […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast – January 2020

Wade Fishing for Cold-Water Specks JANUARY’S EVER-CHANGING conditions mean anglers will most often need to look for fish in different spots each day. You might find the bite in the same general area as the day before, […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport – January 2020

The Best Anglers AS I SAT waiting in the doctor’s office for a procedure I was quite nervous about, I heard the dreaded words “Mr. Gable?” This was announced by a nurse who reminded me of […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay – January 2020

Life Does Go On I USUALLY LIKE new beginnings. A new year usually brings a sense of freshness, of leaving old things behind, about closing a door and opening a new one. This year, for me, will […]
December 24, 2019

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – January 2020

Bang a Wintry Drum JANUARY IS CONSIDERED a tough month among anglers. Unless you are a truly dedicated grinder looking for that ONE trout that may never come. The rest of us are usually at home […]
December 24, 2019

FISH & GAME FORECAST CENTER – Hunting – January 2020

Mule Deer Foundation Wants Wolves Delisted IT IS THE POSITION of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) that the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains is delisted as soon as possible and their management is transferred to […]
December 24, 2019

HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – January 2020

UPPER TEXAS COAST • • • SPOTLIGHT • • • Location: West Galveston Bay Hotspot: North Deer Island GPS: N 29 16.9639, W 94 56.223 (29.2827, -94.9371) Species: Speckled Trout Best Baits: Down South Paddle Tails […]
December 24, 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – January 2020

PINEY WOODS  • • • SPOTLIGHT • • • Location: Toledo Bend Lake Hotspot: Chicken Coop Area GPS: N 31 17.3219, W 93 45.6659 (31.2887, -93.7611) Species: Crappie Best Baits: Crappie jigs Contact: Mike Knight (936-635-2427 […]
December 24, 2019

SPORTSMAN’S DAYBOOK-Tides & Prime Times – January 2020

The following pages contain TIDE and SOLUNAR predictions for Galveston Channel (N 29.3166°, W 94.88°). TIDE PREDICTIONS are located in the WHITE SPACE above the TIDE GRAPHS on the Calendars. Use the Correction Table in the […]
December 24, 2019

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY – January 2020

TEXAS FRESHWATER Lake Texoma DFW Metroplex TEXAS SALTWATER Upper Texas Coast Mid Texas Coast Lower Texas Coast HUNTING South Texas   0
December 24, 2019

FISH & GAME PHOTOS – January 2020

Bass Lake Naconiche   Black Drum West Matagorda Bay Fourteen-year-old Maddie Croix hooked this 42-inch black drum while fishing for speckled trout in West Matagorda Bay last July 4th.   Gafftop Galveston   Ram Central Texas […]
December 24, 2019

TEXAS TASTED – January 2020

Venison Chili THERE ARE MANY ways to cook venison. This chili recipe will warm you up on a cold winter day and makes for great football game day food as well. This is great the day […]
December 23, 2019

ISSUE COVER – January 2020

In This Issue: Action in the Lunker Pool • Vanishing Flounder • Hunting Texas Timberdoodles • Fishing Boat Tech • Bighorns Across the Border • If It’s Winter, It’s Show Time and much more… 0
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