2012-03-08 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Anglers are still catching fish along the Yegua Creek, just not in numbers as the last two weeks. The hot spots continue to be Newman’s Bottom, located inside Nails Creek State Park, Irwin Bridge, located at the county line of Lee County road 124 and Burleson County road 132 and Somerville Wildlife Management Area Box 3, located in the same area.

Anglers should be aware of different rules applying to entry fees and access to the WMA and State Park because access is allowed from different locations. To fish Nails Creek State Park from Newman’s Bottom, Irwin Bridge or Lee County road 125, an entry fee of $3.00 per person must be paid by traveling to Nails Creek State Park headquarters at the end of FM 180 or the “iron ranger” pay boxes located at Newman’s or Irwin bridge. Once payment is made, anglers simply place a windshield sticker indicating proper fees have been paid. Fishing licenses are not required inside state park boundaries.

Over on the Wildlife Management Area, an entry fee is not required although anglers are required to wear hunters orange (at least 400 square inches of fluorescent orange on their head, chest and back (cap/vest) because hunting is permitted for several species of animals through August 31, 2012. This clothing may be purchased at Wal- Mart, Academy, Nails Creek Park or any other sporting goods store. Fishing licenses and entry permits are not required for this particular WMA.

The following has already been mentioned in recent articles so here it goes again; please pick up your trash! Walking the banks of the aforementioned locations is sickening when one realizes how lazy people have become by not being good stewards of the land. It has come to the point where special operations are being discussed to curb some of this illegal activity. I have witnessed people calmly throw something to the ground and walk off, even in my presence. It costs Nails Creek, as well as other state parks, time and money to pull employees off other important work projects to pick up other people’s mess. Be forewarned.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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