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As Texas has already seen several days in the mid-80s and even a couple days in the lower 90s, it's time to grab the tackle box and the fishing poles. If you're like me and looking to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, fishing is the best way to do it.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department just announced that the annual White Bass Run - a highly treasured tradition for Texas fishers - has already begun. What that tells me is to say goodbye to cold weather days and hello to an early spring.

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Every year as the weather starts getting warmer, the white bass make the run upstream from our Texas reservoirs into our Lone Star creeks and rivers. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just a beginner, the white bass fish of Texas makes a beautiful trophy. It's pretty tasty too.

White Bass is also referred to as Sand Bass and is preferred by most all Texas fishers as a sporting fish. I prefer preparing and cooking the white bass more than catching it, because catching white bass is truly an art form.

A little fishing tip here...the white bass can be fished from the bank, your boat, your paddle board, and in many publicly accessible locations AKA fishing docks. Your best best to catch white bass will be in the eastern portion of Texas because of all the rain they have received in the past few months.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says, "While most riverside property is privately owned, public access to high-quality white bass runs can be found at many Texas State ParksTexas Paddling Trails, leased River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) sites and highway and bridge crossings." Source: TPWD

The list below will give you a good idea of where you can go for a weekend of fishing,  thanks to our Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

  • Brazos River
  • San Gabriel River
  • Neches River
  • Llano River
  • Sabine River
  • Frio River
  • Colorado River

TPWD recommends that anglers check the water levels and river flows before going to your favorite location. The daily bag limit for white bass is 25 with a 10-inch minimum length. For more information visit TPWD Outdoor Annual.

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