Lake Fork Area News by linxiaoqin


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                                                                                            August 2012

          Lake Fork Area News
                             “The Little Paper With Big Bass Results”

                          Everett with
                          a big ole Lake                                                     James Caldemeyer’s
                          Fork bass that                                                      Lake Fork Trophy
                          she caught                                                                Bass
                          while out with                                                        Report Page 3
                          Guide James

                                                                                             Stan Kuhn’s Catfish
                                                                                             and Crappie Report
                                                                                                   Page 7

   Mike Stevens from                                                                              Call of the
    Oklahoma caught                                                                             high country
    this big bass while                                                                        by Luke Clayton
      out on one of his                            Johnny Richardson from Allen, TX                Page 14
     regular trips with                            was all smiles when he got this nice
     Lake Fork Guide                               catfish in the boat while fishing with
   James Caldemeyer.                               catfish guide Stan Kuhn.
                                                                                             Back to the basics
                                                                                              for Fork catfish
                                                                                              by Luke Clayton
                                                                                                   Page 8

                                                             The Distefano                       Lake Fork
                                                             family caught                      Sportsman’s
                                                             these nice cats                 Association Report
                                                             with guide Seth                  by Dick Walker
                                                             Vanover.                             Page 23
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   T HE
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      Motel, Lodge, RV Park
     Bass Lantern Restaurant
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                                               All toppings no extra charge $9.99
                                                      Extra Cheese $1.59
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         FAX: 903-878-7131
    HWY 154, LAKE FORK                   Lunch And Dinner Served All Day
                                    RANK   WATER BODY              WEIGHT LENGTH     DATE       ANGLER
                                                                     LBS. INCHES
                                    1      Fork                      18.18  25.50   01/24/92    Barry StClair

          •Lakeside Pavilion        2
                                                                                                Mark Stevenson
                                                                                                Stan Moss

       Perfect for Tournaments      4
                                                                            26.25    08/29/90
                                                                                                Jerry New
                                                                                                Larry Barnes

          and Outdoor Events        6
                                           Pinkston Lake
                                                                                                Troy Coates
                                                                                                Earl Crawford

        •Beautiful Lake View        8
                                           Sam Rayburn Reservoir
                                                                                                Bryan Turner
                                                                                                Tommy Shelton

     •Modern Store •Full Tackle
                                    10     Mill Creek                16.77          03/01/90    Herchel Brickey
                                    11     Fork                      16.75  25.50   03/08/90    Stephen Trepkus
                                    12     Fork                      16.63  27.25   02/28/99    Flo O'Brain
              •Bait • Gas           13
                                                                                                Guy Witherspoon
                                                                                                Bill Reed
         •Big Fish Aquarium         15
                                                                                                Chris Adams
                                                                                                Keith Burns
       •Fish Cleaning Station       17
                                           Gibbons Creek Reservoir
                                                                                                Troy Johnson
                                                                                                Jim Harrell
            •Boat Launches          19
                                           O.H. Ivie
                                                                                                Jerry Bales
                                                                                                Sean Swank
         • Generous Parking         21
                                                                                                Tom Hallum
                                                                                                Gasper Cardinale
           •Annual RV Sites         23
                                           Lake Austin
                                           Possum Kingdom Lake
                                                                                                T.J. Nissen
                                                                                                Scott Tongat
            • Dump Station          25     Caddo Lake                16.01  25.50   04/13/92    Bobby Shaver

        •RV & Tent Camping         15 OF THE TOP 25 LARGEMOUTH BASS IN TEXAS
           •SATELLITE TV                      CAME FROM LAKE FORK
            Wi-Fi Available               MEMBER OF LAKE FORK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
August 2012                                                                         	                                                  Page	 3

                                                                                                                                      4340 N. FM 17
                                                                                                                                      Alba, TX 75410
August bass fish-                                                       now and will help the August         worms like a centipede or ring       or plum.
ing on Lake Fork                                                        fishing. Water temperatures are      fry. I am rigging my 7’6” med                 During the day when
can be excep-                                                           ranging from 87-92 degrees.          heavy Abu Garcia Veritas rod         the fish head out to deeper wa-
tional! Although                                                                 The most consistent         and Revo reel up with 25 lb          ter, you have to change gears
it has been hot we                                                      pattern lately has been target-      Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and        a little bit. The thermocline
have not had the                                                        ing the most reliable fish to        a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight         has set up at about 24 foot and
extreme heat that                                                       catch which have been holding        on the main line and 17 lb four      has the most productive spots
we experienced                                                          in the 12-18 ft range. These fish    foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap      where active schools of deep
last summer. It has                                                     are holding on points with tim-      hook. Slowing dragging this rig      fish are at about the same depth
kept the lake lev-                                                      ber or other structure. The key      is important. The bites can be       and just above being the range
els in good shape                                                       has been deep water close by.        subtle this time of year so going    you want to target for structure
and also provided                                                       So if you find an area that has      slow and making sure you are         to top out at. That is not to say
for the cooler water for the bass   with full pool being 403. This      deep water near it like a chan-      feeling everything it is moving      that you will not find or catch
to stay active in. If you are go-   puts us at just under three feet    nel and a point or hump with         over and thru will help your         fish deeper than this but that the
ing to be fishing this month or     low. The water clarity was real     trees on it nearby, you will be in   catch rate. Texas rigged 7-10”       majority of the schools will be
are planning a trip to the lake     off colored in July and some ar-    action. The bass are pulling up      Berkley power worms are also         found in this range.
for a summer fishing outing,        eas that are normally clear on      on these spots to feed and with      producing their share of fish                 When I am using my
here are some tips and tech-        the south end were stained. I       the warmer weather the best          in these same depths. A lot of       Lowrance HDS Gen2 electron-
niques that will help make your     am not sure if there was a small    time to find them there is in the    times when the bass are hold-        ics to locate schools of these
trip productive.                    amount of turnover that caused      morning or in the evening.           ing real tight to cover (trees)      deep fish the first thing that
         The water levels on the    it or some kind of algae bloom.              My most productive          the strike zone shrinks and you      I am looking for on a hump,
lake are currently at 400.24        But the lake is clearing up a lot   bait when the fish are active-       need something that you can          ridge, roadbed, or under water
                                                                        ly feeding has been a DD22           put right on their nose so a Tex-    point is the presence of baitfish.
                         FOR SALE                                       or 6XD in any shad pattern.          as rig is the best choice. I use a   If I am not seeing shad on my
 32ft. 2008 Gulf Stream StreamLite with slide out.                      Cranking the trees where these       3/8-1/2 oz tungsten weight and       graph it is highly unlikely that I
                                                                        fish are hiding tight to and         a 4/0-5/0 hook. Best colors are      will see bass in concentrations.
    LIKE NEW!                                                           banging the timber with these        blue fleck, watermelon red, wa-      Once I locate a school of fish
                                                                        deep diving crank baits will                                              Continued on page 4
   $22,000 OBO                                                          draw some big bites. If the fish
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Trophy Bass Report
Continued from page 3                sometimes use a stroking tech-    and show you a fun time on           ics, Simms, and Elite Tungsten.     Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will
                                     nique of hopping it a ways off    the lake. I have some summer                  Remember everyone          be given to you; seek and you
on my graph I am taking no-          the bottom to draw strikes from                                        to be safe out on the water and     will find; knock and the door
tice where exactly the fish are                                        dates still available in August
                                     the biggest bass in the school.   for those that would also like to    drink lots of fluids. Dehydra-      will be opened to you. For ev-
located in the water column. If      Best jig colors this month are                                         tion, heat exhaustion, or heat      eryone who asks receives; he
the fish are suspended off the                                         get a trip in with the kids before
                                     watermelon candy, watermelon      they head back to school. I also     strokes are serious concerns        who seeks finds; and to him
bottom I am using deep diving        chartreuse, and willies weed.                                          when you are out fishing in         who knocks, the door will be
crank baits, swim baits, or big                                        have fall dates still available
                                              Be sure to also check    but am booking up fast so make       these conditions. Also wear         opened.”
flutter spoons are my favorite       for fish hanging around the                                            your sunscreens and cover up        Tight Lines and God Bless
this month. I like the Talon Big                                       your reservations now. You can
                                     bridges. During hot calm days     contact me to book your trip at      if possible as the sun’s rays are
Dandy spoon in the Lake Fork         you will find congregations of                                         piercing to your skin this time
Maniac color the best. I helped                                        903-736-9888 or send me an
                                     fish chasing shad and schooling   email at lakeforktrophybass@         of year.
design this one specifically         heavily around the bridge col-
for Lake Fork so you know it                                  .You can also visit
                                     umns. Drop shots, weightless      my website for more informa-
is tried, tested, and proven to      worms, under spins, spoons,
catch big bass. There are also                                         tion about Lake Fork and my
                                     and top waters are all very ef-   guide service at www.official-
a variety of other colors that       fective for catching these fish
work well so check them out                                   You
                                     and can often times salvage an    can also join me on Facebook When I            otherwise unproductive sum-
locate a group of deep fish that                                       to follow my fishing on Lake
                                     mer day on the lake.              Fork at https://www.facebook.
are on the bottom, or are relat-              If you are headed to
ing closely to the bottom, I am                                        com/james.caldemeyer
                                     Lake Fork this month in pursuit             I would like to thank
back to the same Carolina rig        of a trophy bass and are look-
combination that I described                                           all of my 2012 sponsors for
                                     ing to book a guide, I would      their support in my guiding
earlier as it works just as effec-   enjoy the opportunity to take
tively out deep. The best colors                                       and professional tournament                                        Aaron started off the morn-
                                     you and your party fishing        fishing as well: Ranger Boats,
lately have been watermelon                                                                                                               ing right with this healthy
candy, watermelon red and                                              Mercury Outboards, I Am Sec-         Amber with another nice Lake Fork bass on a Talon
chartreuse pepper. I also like to                                      ond, Lowrance, Power Pole,           bass while fishing with Guide jig with Guide James Calde-
throw a Talon ¾ or 1 oz football                                       Berkley, Abu Garcia, Interstate      James Caldemeyer.             meyer.
head jig on the deep bass. I will                                      Batteries, Talon Lures, Navion-
throw it out there and drag it or

             Lake Fork Guide
           James Caldemeyer
       caught this 10 pounder
        in July that measured
           over 25 inches long

                                                                       It’s all smiles when you are         Sam Ryder caught this fat
                                                                       catching summertime bass             and healthy summer bass
                                                                       like these with Guide James          7-11-12 while out with Guide        Another Lake Fork smile with
                                                                       Caldemeyer.                          James Caldemeyer.                   Guide James Caldemeyer.
August 2012              	                      Page	 5

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                               Stan Kuhn’s
                      Catfish and Crappie Report

     August is here and I think     I have still been catching them
we are in for one hot month. So     in 35 to 36 ft. Last August we
far June and July has been mild     were catching them in 44 ft. of      Catfish guide Stan Kuhn and
                                                                         Jimmie Tobey caught these                                       David, Chris and Ryan Biss-
compared to normal summers          water. I’m going to start trying
                                                                         44 catfish on 4-27-12.         Jonathan, Frank and David        meyer and Geoff, Daniel
and especially last year. We        my deeper holes this week and
                                                                                                        Malek from Montgomery, TX        and Michael Grube with 60
were in a drought last summer       see if they are moving out to
                                                                                                        caught 12 crappie, 29 catfish,   catfish weighing 87 pounds
and the lake was 7 to 9 ft. low.    cooler and deeper water.
                                                                                                        3 big bass and 3 white bass      caught with guide Stan Kuhn.
     This year we are only 3 ft.       Catfish Gold Stickbait, Uncle
low and all the boat ramps are      Joe’s Cheesebait and Ernest’s                                       with guide Stan Kuhn.
still open. The ramp where I        Poletown Bait are still catch-
live is still usable as last year   ing all of our catfish. I have no
it was dried up and we had to       report on crappie, as I haven’t
trailer to other ramps on the       tried to catch any this time of
lake.                               year.
   July catfishing has been good        If you would like to book a
but not as good as June. In June    catfish trip and put some catfish
the boat averaged 62 catfish per    in your freezer, give me a call at
trip, and in July it dropped to     903-383-2921. I furnish all the
51 per trip. That’s still a good    bait and tackle, clean your fish                                  Bill Wilson, Jack Cox and          Larry Jones, Jack Jones and
average but June was just a fan-    and feed you a catfish lunch for     Jimmie Lemley from Huff- grandson Kyle with 65 catfish          Ron Wilson all from Mineola
tastic month for catfishing.        an enjoyable day on Lake Fork.       man, TX and guide Stan weighing 118 pounds caught               caught these 42 catfish with
    The lake water temperature      Until next month stay cool, be       Kuhn with a limit of 50 cat- with guide Stan Kuhn.              guide Stan Kuhn.
has risen to 87 degrees and will    safe and always fish friendly.       fish.
probably get in the 90’s in Au-
gust. I have been seeing some
dead catfish floating on my last
four trips. That started on July
18, and that’s not a good sign.
I have been told that there is
a lack of oxygen in the water.
But why are the only dead fish
I have been seeing are catfish?
No bass, crappie or white bass
have been seen.
                                                                   Jack Cox from Hideaway,              Catfish guide Stan Kuhn and      Larry Jones, Ron Wilson and
                                    Cheryl Taylor from Big San-
                                                                   TX showing off a 8-pound             Dan and Jackye Callaway          Peggy Hudson from Mine-
                                    dy, TX caught this nice cat on
                                                                   channel cat caught on Catfish        from Quitman showing off 75      ola caught 65 cats with guide
                                    Uncle Joe's Cheesebait with
                                                                   Gold. CPR                            catfish weighing 116 pounds.     Stan Kuhn.
                                    guide Stan Kuhn.

                                                                         Kyle from The Tro-      Jeane Wyllins from
Gail Reeves finally caught a                                             phy Club, TX caught     Azle, TX caught this   Paul Statton caught      Lillie McClusky from
bigger cat than his wife Bren-      Bill Watson caught this big          this nice 6 pound cat   nice 7-pound channel   this nice 9 pounder on   Big Sandy caught this
da with catfish guide Stan          cat on his first fish of the day.    on Catfish Gold with    cat with guide Stan    Catfish Gold with cat-   nice channel cat with
Kuhn.                               10 pounds. CPR                       guide Stan Kuhn. CPR    Kuhn. CPR              fish guide Stan Kuhn.    guide Stan Kuhn.
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           ~Since 1984~                                                                         Back to the basics for Fork’s catfish
 SARTIN MARINE                                                                                   Luke Clayton                      Jesse. Vanover is a huge pro- grain to attract channel cat-
                                                                                                   As Lake Fork catfish guide ponent of exposing kids to the fish.” Some catfish anglers be-
                                                                                                Seth Vanover eased the throttle fun of fishing and I was happy lieve that catching catfish is as
 2012 Boats in Stock                                                                            back on his big 22 foot G3 Elite to be able to bring my 11 year simple as tossing out a coffee
                                                                                                boat, he pointed to an area in the old grandson along to meet can full of soured hen scratch
                                                                                                lower lake covered with timber. some new friends and enjoy his or range cubes. While soured
                                                                                                “We’ve been hammering the first fishing trip to Lake Fork.        grain definitely helps to con-
                                                                                                channel catfish here. There is a      Seth learned much of what centrate catfish, it’s important
                                                                                                submerged ledge just out from he knows about catching cat- to learn the depths the fish
                                                                                                shore where the water drops fish from his catfish catching prefer at various times of the
                                                                                                to around 27 feet. We’ll tie up mentor Bill McCarrell at Lake year. A couple months ago dur-                                                                         and get our baits down close to of The Pines. “Bill taught me ing their annual spawn, chan-
                                                                                                bottom. It should be good this the type of structure and depth nel catfish were in water 3-5
                                                                                                evening.” Channel catfish love to fish during various times of feet deep and grain tossed our
                                                                                                cover and the submerged forest the year while fishing with him around just about any shoreline
                                                                                                of dead trees looked like catfish on “The Pines”.” says Vanover. cover would pull them in. Now,
                                                                                                heaven to me, the knowledge “Years ago, I learned how and during the dog days of summer,
                                                                                                of the submerged steep ledge where to bait areas with soured the majority of the catfish are
                                                                                                we were fish-                                                                    being caught in
                                                                                                ing over help                                                                    the lower light
                                                                                                bolster confi-                                                                   conditions and
                                                                                                dence as well!                                                                   cooler      water
                                                                                                   Seth’s crew                                                                   temperatures of
                                                                                                for this late                                                                    water at least 25
                                                                                                afternoon                                                                        feet deep.
                                                                                                fishing    trip                                                                     As Seth’s big

                                                                                                consisted                                                                        boat came about
                                                                                                of this out-                                                                     on a taunt line,
                                                                                                doors writer,                                                                    pushed by a
                                                                                                my grandson                                                                      gentle     south-
                                                                                                Jack Zimmer-                                                                     erly breeze, it
                                                                                                man, Seth’s                                                                      was time to get
                                                                                                stepdaughter                                                                     some baits into
                                                                                                Morgan Har-                                                                      the water. The
                                                                                                tline and two Lake Fork catfish guide Seth Vanover and his stepdaughter
                                                                                                young friends, Morgan Hartline show off two of the many good eating chan-
                                                                                                                nel catfish landed on a recent outing. Photo by Luke Clayton on page 9
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Fork’s catfish
Continued from page 8
awning overhead provided
shelter from the late afternoon
summer sun. Shade is in big
                                      I’ve found to be the best cat-
                                      fish bait available, day in and
                                      day out”. Seth opened his ice
                                      cooler, removed a couple tubs
                                                                          LAKE FORK LAND
demand this time of year and
a great addition to any fishing
boat when constant casting is
                                      of chicken livers and we began
                                      baiting hooks.
                                        “Let the baits make contact
                                                                            $106 Month Buys Land

not necessary. Vertical fishing
                                      with bottom, ant then crank it
is the name of the game when
                                      up two turns of the reel handle.
catching summertime channel
                                      You’ll have to really watch
catfish. Casting would result in
                                      your rod tip. Some of the cat-
instant hang ups in the thickly
                                      fish, even the bigger ones,
matted brush and limbs below.

                                      have been just mouthing the
I noticed the side imaging sonar
                                      bait. When you feel the slight-
on the boat’s console and also
                                      est ‘bump’ on your line, set the
noted it was not turned. “I’ve
                                      hook, HARD!” The instruc-
spent countless hours graphing
                                      tions were no more than out
areas for catching catfish on
                                      of the guide’s mouth when a
Fork. This has been one of my
                                      couple of the youngsters in the

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most productive spots since the
                                      front of the boat began jerk-
catfish moved into deeper wa-
                                      ing the rod tips in attempts to
ter.” says Seth as he educates
                                      set the hook. One of the boys,
me to the bottom structure

                                                                            Owner Financed
                                      I forget which, was hooked fast
nearby. It was very clear that
                                      to a chunky 2 pound channel
his state of the art side imaging
                                      catfish. I had my rod in a hold-
sonar had already mapped this
                                      er while I was shooting some

                                                                              Gated Entry
area thoroughly and our guide
                                      pictures and missed a couple
had the subtle bottom contour
                                      of good bites. Just a predicted,
lines firmly engrained in his
                                      the bite was often soft. Some-

                                                                          Central Water • Sewer
                                      time the fish came up with the
   In an interview with Seth a
                                      bait, resulting in a slack line,
week earlier for my radio show,
                                      other times their ‘nibble’ on the
he was quick to point out that
                                      liver jiggled the rod tip ever so
his favorite bait for catching
                                      gently. Our hook up rate was

                                                                               Waterfront Wooded Property
channel catfish was chicken liv-
                                      about 70% which resulted in
ers. “My catfish mentor taught
                                      plenty of good eating catfish
me long ago that chicken liver
                                      for a big fish fry back at home
is very consistent and readily
                                      the next day.
available bait. The blood in the
                                        It’s common knowledge that
liver attracts the catfish and it’s
                                      Fork is home to some of the
tough enough to stay on a tre-
                                      bigger channel catfish of all
ble hook well. A quick stop at
                                      the lakes in northeast and east
any grocery store, and for less
than two dollars, I’ve got what       Continued on page 10

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                                                           Fork’s catfish
                                                           Continued from page 9               of yellow along the outside top     ing oil.
                                                           Texas. While channel catfish        of the fillet. Remove this little     Listen to Outdoors with Luke
                                                           weighing 1.25 to 1.5 pounds is      strip of fat and you are on your    Clayton radio at www.catfish-
                                                           a good average on many lakes,       way to one of the best fried fish Contact Luke via
            Scott                                          Fork’s cats run a bit bigger, on                                        email through the web site with
                                                                                               dinners imaginable! I marinate
       Distefano                                           average. Channel catfish in the                                         fishing and hunting news from
                                                                                               catfish in a 50-50 solution of
      with a nice                                          2-4 pound range are plentiful                                           your area. Tune in to www.
                                                                                               Louisiana hot sauce and but-
     channel cat                                           in Fork’s fertile waters and oc-                               and listen to Vanover’s
                                                                                               termilk for an hour or so before
     caught with                                           casionally, fish weighing sev-                                          interview with Luke on public
                                                                                               rolling them in corn meal and
           guide                                           eral pounds more are landed.                                            radio.
                                                                                               dropping them into hot cook-
   Seth Vanover.                                           Vanover pointed out that the
                                                           same deep ledges that provided
                                                           such good catfish action on our
                                                           trip also hold some barndoor
                                                           crappie but, that’s another sto-
                                                             There are plenty of big blue
                                                           catfish in Fork as well and
                                                           Vanover begins targeting them         Junction of Hwy 515 & CR 1970 • Yantis, Tx.
                                                           during the fall and winter                          903-383-7121
                                                           months. For the big blues, he
                                  Curt Walker
                                  caught these
                                                           switches from chicken liver to
                                                           chunks of fresh, bloody, oily             Stocking Dealer for
                                                           cut shad or sunfish. “We catch
                                  nice catfish
                                                           some nice blues this time of
                                  while on a trip
                                                           year, mostly at night drift fish-
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  Texas Early Migratory Seasons Set
   for Dove, Teal and Canada Geese
                                                                                                           Call of the high country
                                                                                                           Luke Clayton
AUSTIN — The U.S. Fish and         to afternoon-only (noon to          the daily bag limit is 15 birds,
                                                                                                            I was in my early thirties when I first discovered the Rocky
Wildlife Service SRC (Service      sunset) hunting the first two       to include not more than four
                                                                                                           Mountains. Since a youngster, I’d dreamed of hunting elk, deer
Regulations Committee) has         full weekends in September          mourning doves and 2 white-
                                                                                                           and bear in the mountains. A young father with a growing family
approved the 2012-2013 Texas       running from Sept. 1-2 and 8-9      tipped doves. Once the general
                                                                                                           and tight budget, I scrimped and saved a few hundred dollars and
early migratory game bird          and reopen when the regular         season opens, the aggregate
                                                                                                           made an arrangement with an outfitter to set up a tent drop camp
seasons, including a 70-day        South Zone season begins on         bag limit will be 15 with no
                                                                                                           for a couple of friends and myself. I’d explained to this veteran
season and 15-bird daily bag       Friday, Sept. 21 through Sun-       more than 2 white-tipped
                                                                                                           of mountain hunting that we were flatlanders and experienced
statewide for dove, a 16-day       day, Oct. 28 and again from         doves.
                                                                                                           hunters but, we knew little about the habits of game in the high
early season statewide for teal,   Saturday , Dec. 22 through            The early teal season will run
and 16-day early season for        Friday, Jan. 18. The Special        Sept. 15-30 statewide with a
                                                                       daily bag limit of four teal. The     I’ll never forget following the outfitter through a winding ranch
Canada geese in the Eastern        White-winged Dove Area sea-
                                                                       early Canada goose season will      road to the camp we rounded a bend in the road and situated
Goose Zone.                        son takes four of the allowable
                                                                       also run Sept. 15-30 in the East    at the head of an aspen grove was a 20 X 20 foot tent with a
  Texas dove season in the         70 days, so when the regular
                                                                       Goose Zone with a bag limit of      sheepherder stove inside. A big stack of dry aspen fire wood was
North and Central Dove Zones       season opens, this area must
                                                                       three Canada geese. The pos-        stacked neatly between two trees nearby. A big aspen had bear
will run from Saturday, Sept.      close four days earlier than the                                                                                      Continued on page 15
1 through Wednesday, Oct. 24       rest of the South Zone. Dur-        session limit is twice the daily
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High country
                                    is where the big ‘timber line’      and immature bucks. The rut from where he was hunting.
                                                                                                                                            Place Your
 Continued from page 14
claw marks as high as I could
reach. We were in what at the
                                    bucks hung out. On this first
                                    hunt, my buddies and I were
                                                                        had not kicked in and the ma- As we set down to enjoy a big
                                                                        ture bucks were still up high. breakfast of flapjacks, sausage
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time I considered to be really      not interested in harvesting the    I sighted my first black bear Continued on page 16                  Call Shirley
wild country! The outfitter         biggest bucks on the mountain.      across the clearing.
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country we would be hunting.        and smaller bucks we spotted        pumping. My life-
“Take a bearing on the peak of      seemed half again as big as the     long goal of finally
Buck Mountain over there, if        whitetail we were accustomed        hunting the high
you get turned around, use the      to hunting back in Texas.           country was actu-
mountain to orient yourself. It’s     The morning of the first hunt,    ally taking place.
the highest peak in the area and    we headed out in different di-         My friends and I
you can see it from just about      rections. My plan was to climb      met back at camp
anywhere.”                          to the top of a nearby mountain     around mid morn-
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outfitter said his guides would     and mountain mahogany. Deer         watched a bull elk running the elk camp and cooking. He
be taking clients up to the high-   were feeding along the edge of      with his harem of is expert at catching the makings of din-           Get your
er elevations the next morning      the black timber on the brush
                                    and I counted about 20, all does
                                                                        cows jump a fence ner from a nearby trout stream! Photo by
                                                                        about 50 yards Luke Clayton
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High country
Continued from page 15             As my outdoor writing career      Boat Springs, Colorado that         Lavon is our camp manager/            overlooks the cabin we hunt
and hot coffee, we saw move-       developed, I had the opportu-     is crawling with elk, deer and      cook. He also has learned how         from. “Luke, I am watching
ment coming off a nearby hill.     nity to do a lot more hunting     bear.’ Said Large, “ I can use      to catch the plentiful rainbow        a huge heard of elk up in the
It was a herd of 12 cow elk with   in the high country and was       you up there to help with the       and brown trout in nearby Elk         black timber. There must be
a couple of year old spike bulls   fortunate to begin hunting elk    hunters.” I found myself ad-        River which winds its serpen-         around 100 head here within a
working their way down to          with veteran guide Larry Large    justing my writing and radio        tine course through Elk Valley,       half mile of me. A black bear
the lower meadows. The herd        who has guided for bass on        recording schedule to become        about 5 minutes down the road         is feeding on berries down by
came trotting by our camp. As      Lake Fork for the past quarter    an elk guide! At first I had res-   from where we hunt. Fly fish-         Bear Pond. Sure wish you were
memory serves me, they were        century. Larry grew up in the     ervations about actually being      ing is for the purists; Billy has     here.” Well, old buddy, give me
no more than 60 yards away!        Pacific Northwest hunting the     in charge of taking others hunt-    discovered red wigglers near          one month! I’ll be there with

Needless to say, my buddies        mountains and I learned a great
                                                                     ing but on my first hunt I dis-     bottom provide much better            bells on, once again ready to
and I almost choked on the         deal from him about mountain      covered that I had been trained     catching! Many of the hunt-           expose a group of ‘flatlanders’
pancakes as the elk passed our     hunting. Each fall, Larry would   well! I’d hunted solo for years     ers enjoy spending a few hours        to the grandeur and solitude of
camp.                              park his bass boat and head to    and discovered that I thorough-     fishing with Billy during mid         the Rocky Mountains. Archery
    The young but legal mule       New Mexico or Colorado to         ly enjoyed exposing others to       day. I can still taste some of the    season opens August 25 this
deer bucks harvested on this       guide elk hunters.                hunting the high country that I     fresh grilled trout we prepared       year. I am ready!
hunt seemed huge to us. This         A few years ago, Larry called   have grown to love.                 for lunch last year.                    Listen to Outdoors with Luke
hunt will always be special to     and asked me if I’d like to          L & L Outfitters is not a big       A call from Large a couple         Clayton at www.catfishradio.
me and through the years, I’ve     help him with his new outfit-     operation, groups of 4 hunters      hours ago sparked this week’s         com. Email Luke with hunt-
returned to the Silverton area     ting business. “I’ve leased a     are in camp for 5 day archery       column! Larry was setting on          ing and fishing news from your
to hunt on several occasions.      big ranch up north of Steam       only hunts. Billy Kilpatrick        a rock on a saddle of Sleep-          area at lukeclayton@prodigy.
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           Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Seeks Official Corporate Partners
AUSTIN – For the first time,         vate businesses.                       ness categories.                   to preserve state parks and the    any interested company, and all
Texas Parks and Wildlife De-             For years, TPWD has bene-            “The Texas Parks and Wildlife    outdoor lifestyle that are such    business categories will be con-
partment (TPWD) is seeking Of-       fited from working closely with        Department is a trusted brand,     important parts of our Texas       sidered. The RFP also details
ficial Corporate Partners to raise   its official non-profit partner, the   synonymous with outdoor ex-        heritage.”                         Continued on page 19
additional revenue to help meet      Texas Parks and Wildlife Foun-         periences, wildlife, state parks      The department has targeted a
financial challenges, including      dation, to develop corporate           and conservation,” said Carter     number of business categories in
those facing state parks due to      sponsorships as well as philan-        Smith, TPWD executive direc-       its Request for Proposals (RFP),
drought and wildfires. This new      thropic relationships with indi-       tor. “We believe that this pri-    including automotive, banking,
funding strategy was made pos-       viduals and private foundations.       vate-public partnership will be    beverage, computer equipment,
sible during the last legislative    Now TPWD will also be able to          a smart business move for the      energy companies, gas station/
session by the passage of House      offer a new array of exclusive         right companies, offering access   convenience store, hotel/motel,
Bill 1300, in which state law-       benefits to Official Corporate         to a marketplace of millions of    insurance, mobile phone/wire-
makers gave TPWD authority to        Partners, including official part-     outdoor enthusiasts, and recog-    less, and outdoor apparel. How-
develop partnerships with pri-       ner designation in specific busi-      nizing partner roles in helping    ever, the opportunity is open to

                                                                                                                                                  Ronnie Kelly, Tim Richard-
                                                                                                                                                  son, JP Tucker and Paul Sta-
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                                                                                                                                                  with guide Stan Kuhn.

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August 2012                                                                               	                      Page	 19
Corporate Partners
                                     will be a learning experience
Continued from page 18               where best practices will evolve
partnership guidelines and links
to agency regulations created to     over time,” said Lydia Saldaña,
implement HB 1300.                   TPWD communications direc-
   Under TPWD rules to imple-        tor. “However, we are approach-
ment the legislation, businesses     ing this very thoughtfully. Our
who are awarded Official Cor-        marketing, legal and adminis-
porate Partnerships will be able     trative teams have spent a great
to use the official designation in   deal of time planning and pre-
their marketing efforts and work     paring. We are all mindful that
with TPWD to develop joint           the goal is to help take care of
promotional campaigns. Among         our Texas treasures and carry
other new benefits, partners         out our mission.”
will be able to license products         Companies interested in TP-
featuring the department brand       WD’s official corporate partner
and reach millions of web visi-      opportunity can see details in
tors through banner ads on the       the Request for Proposals (RFP)
agency web site.                     on the agency website. The
     “To our knowledge, this is      deadline to submit a proposal is
the first time any state agency      Aug. 30.
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               Game Wardens Stress School Not Out for Teen Boaters
AUSTIN – State Game War-           Inks Lake in Llano County on      guardians were not aware of        couraged to take boating safety   will be required to carry a valid
dens are seeing a spate of         Saturday, July 21, and involved   the age restriction and need of    education, those born before      ID and documentation of hav-
mishaps on popular lakes this      a collision between a pair of     a boater education course or       Sept. 1, 1993, are exempt from    ing taken and passed a boater
summer involving teen boat         personal watercraft; one oper-    needing to accompany the op-       required certification.           education course. Failure to
operators who have not taken       ated by a 14-year-old male and    erators.                              Texas’ state-approved boater   meet the requirements is a
mandatory boater education.        the other by a 16-year-old male      The mandatory boater educa-     education courses are available   Class C misdemeanor, and vio-
    While the new law became       with a 16-year-old female pas-    tion law requires anyone born      as one-day classroom train-       lators have 90 days to complete
effective last year, Texas Parks   senger. Witnesses responded to    on or after Sept. 1, 1993 who      ing or online.. The classroom     a boater education course to
and Wildlife law enforcement       aid the injured and called 911.   operates a vessel with a motor     course takes about six hours      have the charges dismissed.
officials say many teens and       The 14-year-old was air-lifted    of more than 15 horsepower or      to complete and the online           The 82nd Texas Legislature
their parents are still unaware    to Dell Children’s Hospital in    a wind-blown vessel measuring      course has a three hour time      during its regular session also
of the required certification.     Austin.                           more than 14 feet in length take   commitment. Costs start at $20    clarified the definition of a ves-
A serious boating accident in         The operators did not know     the course or be accompanied       for both courses. Information     sel to encompass such craft as
Central Texas last weekend il-     each other and all were wear-     by someone 18 or older who         about boater education, includ-   standup paddle craft, kayaks
lustrates a tragic scenario game   ing required personal flotation   meets the boater education re-     ing schedules of upcoming         and canoes. In Texas public
wardens are hoping can be          devices, however, neither op-     quirements or is exempt by age.    classroom courses, is available   waters everyone onboard a ves-
avoided with proper education.     erator had taken the mandatory    Accompany means onboard the        at   sel that measures less than 26-
     The accident occurred on      boater ed course. The parent/     craft. While all boaters are en-   learning/boater_education/.       feet in length must have a life
                                                                                                            Boaters falling under the     jacket available and kids under
                                                                                                        boater education requirement      13 must wear one.

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    Mission of the Lake Fork                                                                               Bridge Signs to Go Up Soon
    Sportsman’s Association                                                                                   For a number of months the LFSA has been working on a proj-
 • Promote sportsmanship and the protection
   of natural resources                                                                                    ect to place highway signs on all of the major bridges crossing
 • Promote the quality of Lake Fork fishery                                                                over Lake Fork. What seemed like a fairly straight forward proj-
   and other outdoor recreational activities                                                               ect turned into a more complex endeavor. With the help of TPWD
 • Promote the future of angling through                                                                   we were able to secure preliminary approval to place the signs
   youth programs                                                     By Dick Walker                       on the bridges. With this approval in hand the LFSA purchased
 • Promote a spirit of cooperation with local,                                                             enough signs to cover the Highway 154 bridge, the two Highway
   county, state, and federal governmental agncies and other civic organizations for the purpose of        515 bridges, the bridges on County Road 2966 and County Road
 improving Lake Fork and its surrounding communities                                                       2946, the Highway 514 bridge and the three bridges on Highway
 • Promote items of interest of the membership at large
                                                                                                              The original plan was for the sign company to install the signs.
 Fish Attractors to be Placed in Lake Fork                                                                 This, however’ did not work out. We have searched all over to
                                                                                                           find a new installer but our efforts proved futile. Finally, LFSA
    The SRA, TPWD and LFSA have formed a partnership to build and place fish attractors in Lake            President Arlan Jaeger and Secretary Dick Walker met with the
Fork. Through this cooperative partnership fish attractors will be placed at various locations within      chief engineer of TXDOT in Mineola and a solution was found
Lake Fork. The fish attractors can be diverse in design and construction and have been built using         that makes the installation a fairly easy process. So, in the next
recycled Christmas trees, PVC pipe, and steel cages.                                                       few months we will be putting the signs up.
    Underwater woody debris such as logs, brush, and stumps are all natural fish attractors. Fish use         The signs will be visible to boaters and will aid emergency re-
these areas for protection, as places to ambush prey, and sometimes as spawning areas. As a reser-         sponders in locating boaters needing assistance.
voir ages much of this woody debris is lost through the natural process of decay or sedimentation. As
a result, fish habitat is lost over time. This loss of habitat can cause a reduction in the total number
of fish a lake can support. In addition, fish become increasingly spread out over the lake as they seek
other, and sometimes less discernable structure on which to reside. This can make fishing difficult
and requires anglers to cover larger areas of water in their efforts to entice a bite.
    To counteract these natural processes man-made fish habitat is often created to replace that which
is lost naturally over time. Such habitat improvements often come in the form of fish attractors. Fish
attractors can be of various shapes and sizes, and made from a number of materials, but all serve the
same purpose of providing underwater habitat for fish.
    After careful study, a design developed by the Georgia Natural Resources Department has been
chosen for the Lake Fork Project. This design uses a combination of PVC pipe and perforated plastic
drainage pipe. The advantage of using non-biodegradable materials such as PVC is that the fish at-
tractors last much longer than those composed of wood.
     A limited number of these attractors will be built beginning in the fall and will be strategically
placed so that they will be accessible to any angler fishing Lake Fork. Plans call for GPS coordinates     Example of the Highway signs that will be mounted on bridg-
and a map be made available to anyone.                                                                     es around Lake Fork.

                                                                                                            Second Annual Texas 44 Challenge
                                                                                                              Planning has begun for the second annual Carp and Buffalo
                                                                                                           tournament on Lake Fork. Last year’s inaugural event set lake
                                                                                                           records for both carp and buffalo as well as a world record for
                                                                                                           a youth angler. The second an-
                                                                                                           nual tournament has already
                                                                                                           drawn interest from anglers
                                                                                                           in Europe. We are expect-
                                                                                                           ing as many as 40 teams from
                                                                                                           the US, England and Europe.
                                                                                                           This will truly be an Interna-
                                                                                                           tional event right here in East
                                                                                                           Texas. Watch for more details 2012 Lake Record Small Mouth
                                                                                                           in weeks to come.               Buffalo 66 pounds

                                                                                                            If you are interested in becoming a member of the Lake
                                                                                                            Fork Sportsman’s Association you can go to our website
                                                                                                   or find us on facebook. You can
                                                                                                            also e-mail Dick Walker at with
                                                                                                            questions regarding information provided in this article or
The fish attractor shown in the photo is similar to the design planned for Lake Fork. It is cur-
                                                                                                            potential membership.
rently being used in several Georgia reservoirs and has proven to be a successful attractor for
Bass Crappie and Catfish.                                                                                                Remember to Fish Friendly
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