Outdoors

Biking back-country tails is popular at most Texas state parks.
Dogs become Texas  game wardens

One of the best family-based escapes you can find here in Southeast Texas is to visit one of our state parks like Village Creek in Lumberton and Martin Dies Jr. up around Jasper. They both offer an economic escape into adventure that includes camping, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing.

Just recently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation highlighted data about the important role that parks play to local economies.

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The good news is that the number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to a low not seen since 1997, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

A recent NMFS report highlights the United States’ continued progress towards sustainably managing fish stocks.

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If you really want to enjoy fun living in Southeast Texas, buy a boat. It’s your

Over the past 45 years or so, I’ve owned a number of boats both new and used, and during that time I’ve figured out one thing — there is nothing worse than not owning some sort of boat here in Southeast Texas. When it comes to fun on the water, we’ve got it all from rivers and lakes to Sabine Lake, East Galveston Bay and the wide open Gulf of Mexico.

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Big trout like this one are still being caught on Lake Calcasieu with mullet imi

The fantastic trophy trout fishing that was being kept very quiet on Sabine Lake came to a sudden halt about a week ago when we got a tidal wave of rain and runoff. All that rain water coming down the Sabine River put the skids to a “hot” trout bite, and definitely didn’t do white bass fishermen any favors, either.

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Chris Lane
Big bull reds entertained lots of kids and adults during spring break. Most were

With a flood of runoff from our weekend deluge of rain, you can bet the farm that fishing is going to be affected, from inland rivers to the coastal bays. But one fishing option not likely to slow down can be found at the Sabine, Galveston and Calcasieu jetties. It involves catching bull reds and big black drum. Regardless of how muddy the water is at the jetties, red and black drum will be feeding in big-time numbers.

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Blair Schwarz caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County

The number of 13-pound-plus entries into the ShareLunker program is way off the usual mark but was jacked up a little with the catch of a 14.30-pounder that whacked a crank bait recently.

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Casey Ashley won the Bassmaster Classic held out of Greenville, S.C., Sunday, wi

The Super Bowl of bass fishing was held this past weekend, and as usual, East Texas anglers did well but didn’t come through in the clutch. This was a field of some of the best bass fishermen in the world. At the final weigh-in, South Carolina angler Casey Ashley won first place and $300,000.

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primrose jasmine

There are certain signs that spring really is around the corner. It may not look like winter is even close to giving up, but there are those teasing glimpses of cheerful color that make us know that warmer temperatures are on the way.

One of the classic plants to look for as a sign of springtime is the primrose jasmine. This shrub or climber can grow 4-8 or more feet in height. And the bright yellow blooms can brighten up the dreariest winter scene.

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We’re smack dab in the middle of winter here in Southeast Texas, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Fact is this is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the many outdoor opportunities on the menu.

Topping the list is fishing. Take your pick — white bass, crappie, catfish, speckled trout or redfish.

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Give it another couple of weeks, and the famous white bass run on the Sabine and

I’ve been getting quite a few calls lately regarding the white bass run on the Sabine and Angelina rivers. Here’s the bottom line: It’s sputtering to life, and within a couple more weeks it should be prime-time fishing, providing the rivers don’t rise to flood stage.

Guide Bill Fondren says he made a run up the Angelina River a few days ago and caught about 15 white bass in three hours.

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