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#10935801 - 06/23/15 04:26 PM TPWD catfish management survey
LHodge Offline
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Registered: 02/20/01
Posts: 170
Loc: Athens, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s draft catfish management plan is now available for public review and comment.
The document details the department’s overall plans for expanding and enhancing the state’s second-most popular fishery. It may be viewed at http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/nonpwdpubs/media/catfish_plan_draft.pdf .
“We invite the public to give us feedback on the goals outlined in the plan,” said John Tibbs, a TPWD fisheries biologist who is one of the plan’s authors. “Our vision is to improve catfishing for all anglers in Texas, and we are open to ideas on how to best accomplish that.”
Tibbs said the plan was developed in response to changing population demographics, findings of TPWD fisheries studies and the needs of Texas’ catfish anglers. “Research shows that there is a need for greater fishing opportunities in urban areas close to where people live,” he said. “We are also seeing more anglers interested in trophy catfishing, but at the same time many people want to catch fish to eat or just for recreation. The new plan is designed to meet all those needs.”
Interested persons may complete an on-line survey accessed from a link embedded within the plan to express their opinions on what they feel are the most important fisheries management strategies in the plan. The draft plan will be available for public comment until midnight July 26, 2015. The final plan is due to be published in the fall of 2015.
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#10936377 - 06/23/15 09:11 PM Re: TPWD catfish management survey [Re: LHodge]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5735
Loc: Fort Worth
Looks like a "puffery" piece to me. This statement says it all:
Refine catfish sampling techniques to maximize efficiency and to gather high quality data.

As long as the creel surveys are showing 100% harvest rates among catfish anglers we can't hope for much change...but it is a good thing they are taking notice. My feedback is going to be creel surveys need to be performed at night if performed in summer months. I have seen creel surveyors when I launched...never when I came in. I tried to get one to record info from my last fishing trip but she wouldn't take it down. I think it was about 96F that evening...she was packing up before I left the dock. She got responses from about 5 bass fishermen before she left.
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