Texas’ Lake Tawakoni highlighted for catfish survey

Flatheads, the main angling target for noodlers, differ from the more abundant channel catfish and blue catfish that inhabit many of the same waters.

Lake Tawakoni has long been a haven for freshwater anglers and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is asking that anglers participate in a survey to determine opinions, characteristics and experiences of catfish anglers, with an emphasis on the blue catfish fishery.

A printed copy of the survey also is available upon request and the initiative will remain open through June.

The information will supplement sampling techniques designed to collect information on blue catfish in the lake and on the anglers who target them for recreation and consumption, according to a news release.

Input from a broad spectrum of catfish anglers will help the department make informed  management decisions for Tawakoni’s blue catfish fishery. Tawakoni is renowned for the quality of its blue catfish fishery, and in 2001, the Legislature declared West Tawakoni the “Catfish Capital of Texas.”

Texas’ catfish fisheries have received greater attention from the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division as biologists work to develop a statewide catfish management plan.

Results from this survey will help shape catfish management throughout Texas.

Information: Kevin Storey, 2122 Old Henderson Highway, Tyler, TX 75702; 903-593-5077; Kevin.Storey@tpwd.texas.gov. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.