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2012-04-12 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

This past weekend on Lake Somerville provided a glimpse of what Mother’s and Memorial Day weekend might bring. State and private parks are full, fish continue to be caught and campfires are finally legal to burn.

Over at Nails Creek State Park, park staff has been busy with returning patrons since this side of the lake has not had water for the boat ramp. For those who have not tried this side of the lake, I would encourage you to do so because it is a user-friendly park with quick access off Highway 290.

White bass fishing continues to be successful from the banks of state and private parks. The key to success is using glass minnows which are caught by seining in shallow water. Whichever side the wind blows from, fishing is best while fishing into the wind. On Saturday, I checked the first group of fisherman at 7 a. m which were catching fish. When I returned at 8 p. m., people were still catching fish in the same location.

Life jackets continue to be the number one violation so far this year. Boaters are reminded that every person on board their vessel are required to have a life jacket. Also, a Type IV Throwable device (seat cushion/ring buoy) for vessels over 16 feet in length is required. The seat cushions of one’s boat do not suffice even though the boat manufacturer states they can be used. The key here is that all devices must be U. S. Coast Guard approved.

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

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