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AUSTIN—The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the State’s voter ID law will remain in effect for the November 2014 election. The Texas Attorney General’s office released the following statement from Lauren Bean, Deputy Communications Director:

“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election. The State will continue to defend the voter ID law and remains confident that the district court’s misguided ruling will be overturned on the merits. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections.”

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AUSTIN—In a decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today lifted the district court’s injunction, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect. Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, released the following statement:

“This decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”

A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.

A panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans stayed a lower judge’s ruling while it considers the overall constitutionality of key portions of Texas’ sweeping 2013 abortion law, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry and other conservatives say is designed to protect women’s health.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in August that part of the law requiring Texas clinics to spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades was less about safety than making access to abortion difficult.

Yeakel’s ruling in Austin suspended the upgrades requirement. But Texas is appealing, and asked the appeals court to let it enforce the law during that process — clearing the way for the panel’s ruling.

Allowing to go forward the rules on hospital-level upgrades — including mandatory operating rooms and air filtration systems — would shutter more than a dozen clinics across Texas. It means only abortion facilities will remain open in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

None will be left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas.

Meanwhile, some clinics have already closed after another part of the 2013 law required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That portion of the law has already been upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit, where the state is now seeking a second outright reversal.

 


Show Your Colors

americavetsThe Texas flag is composed of a blue stripe for loyalty, a white stripe for purity, a red stripe for bravery, and a lone star for unity.  It flies at the same height as the U.S. flag in Washington, D.C.  When Texas was engaged in the cause for her independence, Texans were encouraged to “show your colors” as a symbol of allegiance and determination.

For the believer, the Bible teaches us to always show our colors, allegiance to the cause of Jesus Christ.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) 

Danny R. Biddy, Pastor of the Church on Old River since 1977. www.oldriverbaptist.com    


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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $82.7 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday.

The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.


header-logo-newGov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation’s veterans.

“Texas has a long and proud tradition of taking care of those who protect and defend our freedom,” Gov. Perry said. “As Texans and Americans, it is our responsibility to step up where others have fallen short and to make sure our veterans know we are grateful for their service and will honor the commitments our nation has made to them. It’s my sincere hope the confirmation of Robert McDonald as VA Secretary begins the process of fixing this broken agency and the broken promises to our veterans.”

In addition to increasing staff for the Texas Veterans Hotline, on June 12, 2014, Gov. Perry asked Texas hospitals and medical clinics to open their doors to Texas veterans who have faced bureaucratic challenges in accessing health care through the VA. More than 300 hospitals and clinics have responded across the state, but cannot begin treating VA patients until the VA gives them authorization and ensures timely reimbursement of the cost of care provided.

The Texas Cable Association and Texas Association of Broadcasters will air the PSA on their respective member networks and on-line throughout the state. The PSA directs veterans to call the Texas Veterans Hotline at 1-800-252-8387 (VETS) for assistance with accessing VA health care benefits.

To view the PSA, please visit here.


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The Texas energy boom may be going south – south of the border, that is – as Texas oil and gas companies explore new business possibilities that are opening up throughout Mexico.

The nationalized energy industry of Texas’ southern neighbor and top trading partner is undergoing a sea change. Reversing 76 years of government policy, Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), Mexico’s state-run oil and gas monopoly, is opening itself to partnerships – and its fields to exploration and production (E&P) – by private firms. Many Texas-based O&G service companies already subcontract in Mexico, but allowing foreign E&P is a whole new ballgame.

“I didn’t think I’d ever see it in my lifetime,” observed Eric Potter, associate director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his colleagues have conducted extensive research on various O&G formations for Pemex.

While Mexico is already one of the world’s oil-producing giants, economists believe its E&P growth potential is quite strong, given the country’s vast amounts of untapped deposits. The two big unanswered questions now are how attractive Mexico’s business terms will be and how much oil and gas it can supply reliably and profitably.

In December 2013, Mexico’s state legislatures ratified a constitutional amendment that ended decades of public control over both the nation’s electricity and oil and gas industries. Though advanced by an effective coalition, it was still a hard sell given the government’s longstanding, deep-seated dependency on Pemex. Mexico derives 35 percent of its federal budget from oil and gas revenue, according to Alejandra León, associate director of Latin America – Downstream Oil for global economic analysis firm IHS/CERA. Pemex sends the government 65 percent of its income, according to Potter, limiting what’s available for reinvestment. Indeed, energy stagnation due to a lack of development resources bolstered the argument that Mexico would prosper if it brought in private and foreign investors.

Not surprisingly, some critics continue to suggest that Mexico will be shortchanged in the bargain. As Potter notes, the devil is always in the details. The Mexican congress is slowly modifying numerous laws and enacting new ones to implement the transition. The government also is determining how much of its resources Pemex will retain and what will be up for grabs. The outcomes will determine just how much investing there will be in Mexico’s brave new energy world.

Pemex will become one of many players, Potter said, but it will have more flexibility to sell greater interests in what it retains. This will, in turn, generate more operating capital. Given its historical dependence on oil, the Mexican government may still take a sizable cut of E&P revenue, León said, regardless of who is generating it. Nevertheless, both Potter and León think the initial impact of the new law could benefit firms across the entire E&P spectrum, from independent producers to the major global oil companies, perhaps including some Mexican entrepreneurs as well. Potter added that some investors might even negotiate deals and transfer them to others.

“The overall pie should grow, even though Pemex’s share will decrease,” he predicted.

What’s In It For Me?

While not outright privatization, the new agreements are expected to be more lucrative than the current performance-based service contracts first allowed in 2008, according to analysts at PFC Energy, a subsidiary of IHS.

They expect Mexico to offer three types of contractual arrangements:

  • Licenses (permits similar to concessions) and contracts for sharing production and profits. Licensees are paid in oil and gas produced.
  • Production contracts, which earn holders a percentage of what’s produced and to which they hold title. Both licenses and production contracts allow booking of reserves. Being more lucrative, production contracts are more likely to be applied to higher-risk operations.
  • Profit-sharing contracts. Contract holders are paid in cash based on a percentage of earned profits. They own none of the resources but can book their shares of the revenue.

Potter suggested that the business terms – royalties, taxes, and contractual obligations – that emerge will be key. He said potential investors also will need to consider where the opportunities are located and their types.

The opportunities won’t be immediate, says León, and Mexico’s E&P likely won’t be competitive in the near term.  “Pemex must decide what it will keep,” she explained.

To date, in what has been dubbed “Round Zero,” Pemex is opting to relinquish its northern Mexico shale plays and some of its deepwater offshore holdings. Both are expensive enterprises requiring extensive, and very different, expertise.

Potter believes it is too early to predict how attractive Mexico’s shale oil and gas plays will be in areas where the geology is complex and largely untested. Pemex has drilled only a half dozen wells in its portion of the Eagle Ford shale compared to more than 8,000 in Texas, he pointed out. Security also is a concern, given that portions of the formation extend southward beneath areas subject to control by Mexican drug cartels. However, there are other similar shale plays in Mexico that may also lure enhanced recovery firms.

Pemex’s deepwater presence in the Gulf of Mexico is currently next to nothing, so it, too, is ripe for development. But only the more financially sound, technically sophisticated players need apply.

Hurry Up and Wait

Mexico’s energy ministry has until mid-September to decide if Pemex has the capacity to manage and develop the resources it wants to retain or open any of them up to competitive bidding. Then, over the next few years, it must prove itself capable of doing so. Short term, León said, there will be two concurrent systems: one for existing projects and a parallel regulatory framework for newly developed areas. The transition won’t be complete until 2016. Regardless of what the new regulations are, Potter said, they must be administered fairly and ethically in order to work.

The impact on global markets and prices is uncertain. But Potter is confident that the ripple effects in Texas will be positive and pervasive.

While a bit of a mixed metaphor, Potter’s observation is economically true nonetheless: “A drilled well is just the tip of the iceberg.”


s-city.council (1)Most likely you are not aware that the filing date to get on the ballot for the November 4, 2014 Elections is here.

There are three positions on the Old River-Winfree City Council coming up for re-election or replacement.

This is your time to make a difference in our community.  

No one in Old River-Winfree seems to know these date or doesn’t want to get involved and that is a shame.  We need younger people to fill our City Government; to step up with new ideas, fresh perspectives.  This will bring new energy into our community and guide us into the future always looking out for the interest of the citizens of Old River-Winfree.

We need the citizens in Old River-Winfree between the ages of 35-55 with life experiences, both personal and business for these three positions.

Question:  Can you name the current council members of  Old River-Winfree?  Do you even know who the Mayor is?

All you need to do is click on the link below and read up on what serving in our town would involve and some rules and regulations.    

A couple of quick things to know:  To put your name on the Ballot to run for City Council, just go by the Old River-Winfree City Office and ask the City Secretary for an application.  Pretty simple really.  You must be a resident of Old River-Winfree and pass a background check.  Any other information you can glean from the information below.

If you think you or someone you know could really benefit our town, please pass this on to them.  It’s either time for a change or to continue with the old status quo (state of affairs of Old River-Winfree continuing the way they have been).  Your decision!

 

http://www.tml.org/p/AGuidetoBecomingaCityOfficial2014Web.pdf

Here are the beginning and end dates for filing to get on the ballot:

First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot 1

Saturday, July 19, 2014 (“first day” does not move)

(NEW LAW: Election Code Sec. 144.005 now provides for a “first day” to file unless otherwise provided by the Election Code.)

Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 1

Monday, August 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

 


How high is demand for welders to work in the shale boom on the U.S. Gulf Coast?

“If somebody came to me on the Gulf Coast, some high-school kid, and said, ‘I don’t know what to do with my life,’ I’d tell him, ‘Learn to weld.’”

So high that “you can take every citizen in the region of Lake Charles between the ages of 5 and 85 and teach them all how to weld and you’re not going to have enough welders,” said Peter Huntsman, chief executive officer of chemical maker Huntsman Corp.

So high that San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, offers a four-hour welding class in the middle of the night.

So high that local employers say they’re worried there won’t be adequate supply of workers of all kinds. Just for construction, Gulf Coast oil, gas and chemical companies will have to find 36,000 new qualified workers by 2016, according to Industrial Info Resources Inc. in Sugar Land, Texas. Regional estimates call for even more new hires once those projects are built.

The processing and refining industries need so many workers to build new facilities in Texas and Louisiana because of the unprecedented rise over the last three years in U.S. oil and gas production, much of it due to shale. Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.

Worker scarcities are already evident in the unemployment rates of Texas (5.7 percent) and Louisiana (4.5 percent), both below the national average of 6.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thelowest jobless rate of any area in the U.S. in February was 2.8 percent in Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana, because of offshore-oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Building Projects

Companies will spend $35 billion, more than ever, on expansion projects along the Houston Ship Channel by next year, creating a total of 265,800 jobs, a 2012 Greater Houston Port Bureau survey shows. Louisiana, where $60 billion in building projects are planned through 2016, will need 86,300 workers over that time, according to the state’sWorkforce Commission.

“This is an exponentially larger investment period than Louisiana has ever seen,” said Tom Guarisco, a spokesman for the Workforce Commission in Baton Rouge.

The biggest shortages will be for welders, electricians, instrumentation technicians, fabricators and pipe fitters, according to Roger Blackburn, executive account manager at Infinity Construction Services LP, which employs about 2,500 workers on the Gulf Coast. The scale of the projects means costs and delays will probably escalate, he said.

Photographer: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg

Student Austin Khalili demonstrates welding during a class at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas.

Wages Rose

Labor scarcity can erode profit. Cost run-ups and labor shortages have hindered recent energy-boom projects in Canada and Australia. Wages for oil and gas workers in Canada rose to as much as 60 percent higher than U.S. counterparts, labor data show. In Australia, cooks at offshore projects are earning more than A$350,000 ($328,000) a year while laundry hands get more than A$325,000 and barge welders almost A$400,000, imperiling investments in liquefied natural gas, according to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.

Enterprise Products Partners LP said March 18 that permitting for a facility east of Houston, in Mont Belvieu, Texas, that turns propane into propylene is running three months behind. In December,Royal Dutch Shell Plc canceled a $20 billion gas-to-liquids plant slated for Louisiana, citing potential cost overruns. Construction for three new U.S. natural-gas-processing plants could go as much as 40 percent over budget and finish nine months late, Sergey Vasnetsov, senior vice president of strategic planning at LyondellBasell Industries NV in Houston, said at a March 12 conference in New York.

‘Tight Availability’

“There was some tight availability of qualified labor, and so we expect it to be a significant issue for the industry, in particular in 2016, 2017, where the bulk of the heavy construction will take place in the U.S.,” Vasnetsov said at the conference.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., a venture between Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66 based in The Woodlands, Texas, broke ground near Houston this month on ethylene and polyethylene plastics plants whose budget will go $1 billion over the original $5 billion estimate, primarily because of labor costs, Chief Executive Officer Peter Cella said in an interview.

“Where are the workers going to come from?” Cella asked.

The answer: from Canada and other countries, and employers are sweetening benefit packages to attract and retain them. These include higher contributions to retirement savings and tuition reimbursement, said Dani Grant, a human resources manager at chemical maker Noltex LLC in La Porte, Texas.

Flush Toilets

Other companies are tempting workers with gourmet dining, retention bonuses and smoking areas, which are usually not allowed at chemical facilities, said Russell Heinen, a senior director at IHS Inc., an energy company advisory firm in Englewood, Colorado.

Bechtel Corp., the biggest U.S. construction contractor, offers the amenity of running-water toilets, according to Jim Ivany, executive vice president at the San Francisco-based company’s oil, gas and chemicals unit.

When projects in engineering and permitting stages start construction late this year, wages will rise 15 to 20 percent “almost overnight,” similar to what happened in 2006 and 2007 before the global recession, according to Peter Huntsman of Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Corp.

Pay started to rise in the fourth quarter of 2013, said Mike Bergen, an executive vice president at IIR. The most skilled combo-pipe welders on the Gulf Coast earned $34.75 an hour, 2 percent more than in the previous quarter, IIR data show. Wages will grow by about 12 percent a year, IIR estimates.

Welding Class

Austin Khalili, 22, works in a warehouse but wants to become a welder. That’s why he’s enrolled at San Jacinto College’s twice-weekly 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. welding class, where he can learn the trade, grab a quick nap and still be at his day job by 4 a.m.

“It’s hard sometimes, but it’s going to be worth it,” Khalili said. “I know it’s going to pay off.”

San Jacinto College built the new welding classroom, with 118 booths, at its central campus two years ago. Enrollment has jumped to 435 students. Each booth has its own welding rig and ventilation fan in the warehouse-sized building.

Wearing heavy protective clothing and visors on a humid spring evening, students practiced behind curtains in the booths. Ghostly blue light and sparks scattering on the floor were the only visible evidence of their work welding seams on metal sheets.

Khalili will be able to start earning as much as $28 an hour after completing the class and getting his certificate, according to Tiburcio Parras, head of the welding program. Wages escalate after that, and Parras said that several of his students have gone on to purchase their own trucks and welding rigs, which allows them to earn as much as $7,000 a week working in places such as the Eagle Ford drilling fields in South Texas.

 


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Friday, July 11, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Securing the Border Must be Top Priority

President Obama’s appropriations request only deals with one aspect of the current crisis on our southern border, while barely addressing its root cause: an unsecured border.

Of the $3.7 billion in President Obama’s request, only a small fraction is directly dedicated to border security efforts, which are absolutely essential to resolving this crisis, and avoiding more such crises in the future.

Everything else is only treating a symptom of a much-larger problem. And as we know with treating symptoms, the problems will continue until the root cause is resolved.

As governor of Texas, I’ve been to the border many times, including a June trip to visit a detention facility in McAllen, Texas. The true humanitarian disaster has to be seen to be understood, which is why it’s essential the president make his own trip there as soon as possible.

The fact is, this is a crisis created by failed federal policy, and a lack of will to dedicate the resources necessary to secure the border, once and for all.

This has been a problem for a long time. In Texas, we’ve spent more than $500 million since 2005 to supplement border protection, fighting transnational gangs and drug cartels conducting criminal activities in the border region. With the influx of immigrants further straining the existing federal resources that already weren’t sufficient for the job, we’ve expanded our efforts to combat those elements seeking to take advantage of the situation.

President Obama should make securing the border the top priority in resolving this crisis. To begin with, he should send 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to support operations until sufficient Border Patrol agents can be hired, trained and deployed.

He should also direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drone flights along the border to identify and track those engaging in drug or human trafficking.

Ignoring the core problem will only cause more hardship, encouraging more people to leave their families and risk their lives to cross a desert in the middle of summer.

My hope is that Congress will expand measures that will enable us to finally secure the border, and that President Obama will sign it into law.

Statement by Gov. Perry in Support of Israel

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement supporting Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas:

“Israel has an absolute right and responsibility to defend its people against any and all terrorist attacks, including the vicious rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups against civilian targets in Israel’s cities and towns. As Israel’s long-time friend and partner, it’s the United States’ responsibility and honor to stand with the Israeli people during this difficult time. Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East, and we offer our complete solidarity with her today as she faces these attacks with courage and determination. Our prayers are with everyone in danger’s path, as are our hopes for a timely and lasting peace.”


This adorable family member has gone missing from the Baytown area.  A lot of us work, shop, visit Baytown.  Please BOLO (be on the look out) for this dog who is well loved and missed.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you know in the Baytown area.

Praying for a happy reunion!

 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.

“Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened,” Gov. Perry said. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

In a joint letter to DPS Director Steve McCraw, state leaders authorized DPS to conduct law enforcement surge operations using any funds appropriated to the agency. DPS surge operations will continue at least through the end of the calendar year. DPS must periodically report the results of the law enforcement surge to the governor and the legislature.

“The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to secure the border and protect this country from the consequences of illegal immigration, but as Texans we know how to lead in areas where Washington has failed,” Lt. Gov. Dewhurst said. “Last year DPS conducted Operation Strong Safety and achieved astounding results. Crime rates related to drugs, cartels, transnational gangs, and illegal border activity plummeted because of the resources we allocated to stop illegal entry at the border. It’s time to make this type of presence on the border permanent.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) has apprehended more illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley in the first eight months of the current federal fiscal year (over 160,000) than it did for all of fiscal year 2013 (154,453). In May 2014 alone, USCBP reported apprehending more than 1,100 illegal immigrants per day in the Rio Grande Valley. This year, like last year, more than half of the individuals apprehended at the Texas-Mexico border by USCBP are from countries other than Mexico. Additionally, 34,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) have been apprehended in Texas so far this year, with estimates that number will reach 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year. By comparison, 28,352 UAC were apprehended in fiscal year 2013.

“In this current security and humanitarian crisis, the federal government’s failure to secure our border is resulting in serious consequences for Texas,” Speaker Straus said. “To immediately address these issues, today I join with Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to direct the Texas Department of Public Safety to use the appropriate resources to keep our state safe.”

Previous law enforcement surge operations in the border region, such as Operation Strong Safety in 2013, have proven effective in reducing criminal activity and violence associated with human smuggling and drug trafficking in the border region.


downloadDid you know that distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among young adults ages 16 to 24, followed by adults over the age of 44?   That’s one of the statistics Businesses heard at the Texas Department of Transportation Summit.  

Corporate executives, small business owners and state officials today joined the Texas Department of Transportation at Circuit of The Americas raceway to consider solutions for reducing driver distractions that caused more than 95,000 traffic crashes last year in Texas.


As summit wraps up, TxDOT tours the state with crashed phone to raise awareness on the dangers of texting, talking while driving (Photos and video can be downloaded here.)

AUSTIN — “With distracted driving responsible for 1 in every 5 crashes in Texas, we want to help business leaders understand what they can do to protect their employees, themselves and other motorists on the road,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “When employees crash on company time while using a mobile device, employers can be held liable for significant damages.”

Among the Distracted Driving Summit participants were national experts who recommended steps businesses can take to improve safety and reduce financial liability. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that employers in Texas spend $4.3 billion every year as a result of on- and off-the-job traffic crashes that can result in medical claims, absences and lost productivity. An employer’s price tag for an on-the-job crash is about $16,000 per vehicle; $76,000 per injury; and $505,000 per fatality. In recent years, numerous plaintiffs have filed and won multi-million-dollar lawsuits against employers when their employee caused injuries due to a distracted driving crash.

TxDOT Tours State with Crashed Phone

In addition to raising awareness of the cost of distracted driving within the business sector, TxDOT also is educating the public on the dangers of such habits. As part of TxDOT’s “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign, the agency is hosting events across the state featuring a car-sized, 750-pound crashed phone as the backdrop for guest speakers who will offer insight about loved ones they’ve lost due to talking and texting while driving.

Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) say drivers who use a cell phone behind the wheel are four times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury. In addition, a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) revealed almost half of Texas drivers have admitted using a cell phone while driving, and almost a quarter of drivers say they sometimes or regularly send or read text messages while driving. Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among young adults ages 16 to 24, followed by adults over the age of 44. Last year in Texas, 505 people were killed and 19,981 people were seriously injured in distracted driving crashes.

The Distracted Driving Summit is part of TxDOT’s “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to warn motorists of the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel. While cell phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, any behavior that takes a motorist’s attention away from the road is dangerous. Distractions can include:

  • Texting
  • Checking email
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • Programming a navigation system
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or other audio device

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

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Information contained in this news release represents reportable data collected from Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Reports (CR-3) received and processed by the Department as of June 3, 2014.

 

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.


New Video Will Be Shown in Driver Ed Features Teens Talking To Peers

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has released a sobering video aimed at motivating teens and young adults to follow simple safety guidelines while boating. It debuts in the wake of an unusually high number of drownings and fatal boating accidents across the state in recent weeks.

“The video, ‘Never Happens: True Stories From Texas Boaters and Swimmers,’ is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and closely supervising children to prevent drowning,” said Tim Spice, TPWD’s boater education manager. “Thanks to the Texas legislature, which mandated the new video and directed that it to be shown in driver education classes, the message will be reaching some 225,000 15- and 16-year-olds annually.”

In the video, which will be shown to all teenagers taking driver education courses, several teenagers who witnessed or survived a boating accident or drowning tell their tragic stories.

A Jet Ski accident changed the life of one of the teenagers in the video, Zack Parker.

“Their jet ski crushed my knee into eight pieces,” recalls Parker in the video. “Lacerated my spleen, liver and pancreas. My aorta had… torn. I’m alive because I was wearing a life jacket.”

Parker survived. A friend of Katy Copeland did not.

“They tell you what they did, how hard they tried, and that she just wouldn’t, she just wouldn’t come back,” Copeland said. “And that’s what happened.”

Since May 9, at least 24 people have lost their lives on Texas waters in boating or swimming accidents worked by Texas game wardens, an unusually high number of fatalities.

Last year in Texas, 146 accidents were reported by the U.S. Coast Guard, 31 of which ended with deaths. Statistics show many of these tragedies could have been prevented.

“The Coast Guard says that 90 percent of the people who drowned in a boating related accident would be alive if they had a life jacket on,” Spice said. “That’s significant.”

State law requires that a personal floatation device is available for each occupant of a boat, and children under 13 years of age are mandated by the law to wear one while the boat or paddle craft is underway or drifting.

The video resulted from HB 673, authored by Rep. Tan Parker, with help from Rep. Lyle Larson to secure funding for the project.

Stressed in the video are four basic precautions for boaters of any age:

  • Wear a life jacket. Most persons who have died in a boating accident would be alive today if they had worn a life jacket.
  • Use the ignition safety switch. Commonly called a “kill switch,” it stops the engine if you fall overboard. Don’t be stranded, or run over by your boat.
  • Learn how to swim.
  • Take a Boater Education course from TPWD: It could save your life.

TPWD produced a 2:41 video news report about “Never Happens” for use by news outlets. View the news video on YouTube at  http://youtu.be/P1TMSoS4OVo

For a high resolution download of the news video, go to

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/files/video/, and look for the file “May VNR_Never Happens.”

To see the full 10:36 “Never Happens” video, as it will be shown in driver education classes, go to the TPWD webpage at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov and click on Boating and Safety.

It is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1993 to obtain a boater’s education certificate before they can legally operate a vessel with a rating of more than 15 horsepower. Anyone supervising the operation of a vessel by another must be 18 or older and exempt from the boater education requirement (born before 1993) or have a boater education certificate.

For information about boater education courses, visit:

http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/learning/boater_education/internet_courses.phtml

Boaters with the online course certificate may receive a discounted rate from their boating insurance provider.

 “You never think it’s going to happen to you or anybody you care for,” says Jessica Montez, who lost a friend to drowning.

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The American PEOPLE will never forget your sacrifice and that of your families who waited and those who still wait!!

 


ABoating-accident-barry-law-groupUSTIN—Since May 9, at least twelve people have lost their lives on Texas waters in boating or swimming accidents worked by Texas Game Wardens, an unusually high number of fatalities before the Memorial Day weekend. With the big weekend approaching, Texans are heading to lakes, rivers and coastlines to enjoy the water. Game wardens and boater education experts are doing everything they can to make it a safe boating season, but could use a little help.

Last year in Texas, 146 accidents were reported by the U.S. Coast Guard, 31 of which ended with deaths. Statistics show many of these tragedies could have been prevented. Nearly 85 percent of boating accident victims were not wearing life jackets.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Cody Jones, TPWD Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement. “Wearing a life jacket increases your chances of surviving on the water and can prevent your trip from turning into a tragedy.”

State law requires that a personal floatation device is available for each occupant of the boat, but only children under 13 years of age are mandated by the law to wear one while the boat or paddle craft is underway or drifting.

Despite this law, last year in Texas, more than 700 citations were issued for children not wearing a life jacket.

It is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1993 to obtain a boater’s education certificate before they can legally operate a vessel with a rating of more than 15 horsepower. Anyone supervising the operation of a vessel by another must be 18 years of age or older and exempt from the boater education requirement (born before 1993) or have a boater education certificate.

In 2013, 208 citations were issued in Texas to boaters who were intoxicated. And five of the state’s boating deaths in 2013 were alcohol-related, highlighting the importance of not drinking while operating a boat.

“If you want to drink before heading out on the water, remember to be responsible and assign a designated driver,” said Jones. “Wardens will be patrolling the waters and anyone found operating a boat while intoxicated will face possible arrest and time in jail.”

For information about boater education courses, visit:http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/learning/boater_education/internet_courses.phtml

Boaters with the online course certificate may receive a discounted rate from their boating insurance provider.


Our lakes and rivers are under attack by zebra mussels.


This destructive invasive speciesharms aquatic life, including native mussels and even popular sportfish, damages boats and fishing equipment, and hinders water recreation. Lake Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport, Belton and Lavon are already infested — and without your help, zebra mussels could spread throughout the state. Watch this short video to learn more.

It’s Illegal to Transport Zebra Mussels

When you boat this summer, adult zebra mussels or their microscopic larvae could hide in your boat and trailer. By hitching a ride on boats like yours, zebra mussels can spread and infest new lakes and rivers across Texas.

It is illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels knowingly or unknowingly. In addition, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved expanding from 47 North and Central Texas counties to statewide the rule requiring boaters to drain all water from their vessels, including live wells, bilges, motors, and any other receptacles before leaving or approaching a water body. This applies to all types and sizes of boats used on public fresh waters, effective July 1.

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Don’t Be a Carrier: Clean, Drain, Dry

Prevent the spread of zebra mussels by always following these steps:

CLEAN off any vegetation, mud or foreign objects on your boat, trailer and gear before you leave the lake. Adult zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces such as boat hulls and motors.

DRAIN all water from your boat and gear. Zebra mussel larvae are invisible to the naked eye and can hide in the water in your motor, bilge, live wells and bait buckets.

DRY your boat and trailer for a week or more before entering another water body. It’s a surefire way to kill any remaining zebra mussels.

Visit TexasInvasives.org/ZebraMussels to find more information.

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of these destructive invaders.


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Citing the policies that have made Texas a national energy leader, Gov. Perry today called on President Obama in a letter, to dramatically change his own failed energy policies in order to put more Americans to work:

Dear Mr. President:

In your State of the Union address, you reassured the American people of your commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy to bring our nation closer to energy independence while creating needed jobs. Mr. President, your words promise an energy renaissance while your policies are strangling the energy industry. You are waging a war on coal, kicking the can down the road on the Keystone XL pipeline and creating obstacles to onshore and offshore oil and gas production.

Americans deserve affordable and reliable energy and the jobs that come with it. American businesses need stable and predictable regulations if they are to compete globally, and if our economy is to grow. Mr. President, you have given us mandates that will incapacitate – and possibly eliminate – critical sources of energy while stifling job creation and threatening American energy security.

I am deeply concerned that your Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) behaves more like a den of activists than a repository of even-handed regulators. Most recently, EPA has targeted coal plants with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Coal plants produce about 40 percent of the energy used in American homes and businesses, and were critical in ensuring grid reliability at peak demand during the “polar vortex.” More than 100 coal plants employing 15,000 Americans are closed or closing due to EPA regulations under your administration, and proposed new regulations will directly affect more than 37,000 employees across the nation, in addition to jeopardizing the reliability of our nation’s electrical grid and increasing energy costs for families. This, despite your assurance of a renewed emphasis on American economic recovery.

Your procrastination on the Keystone XL pipeline continues this troubling trend. After five years and a legion of environmental studies, you’ve allowed politics to trump a common-sense decision to build the Keystone Pipeline, a decision clearly in the best interests of our nation. The State Department has concluded that the project is environmentally sound and that construction alone would contribute approximately $3.4 billion to the U.S. economy, supporting more than 2,000 direct jobs and inducing another 40,000 indirect jobs. Your continued inaction on this critical project is delaying opportunity for thousands of American families, and that is simply unacceptable.

Contrary to your administration’s actions, pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy requires allowing for the exploration and production of resources both on land and at sea. Your administration has taken credit for the economic benefits of the shale boom, which has occurred largely on state and private lands. For example, while production in Texas has more than doubled in the last five years, production on federal lands has declined, and is further threatened by the Bureau of Land Management’s attempts to usurp state regulatory oversight of oil and gas production. In addition, Mr. President, your administration has locked up 85 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf to energy exploration and production, obstructing huge potential for economic expansion and job creation.

While the domestic benefits of a thoughtful energy strategy are undeniable, we cannot underestimate the global impact these policies would have as well. The U.S. energy boom has dramatically increased our ability to compete in global energy markets. U.S. terminals constructed to import natural gas just a few years ago are now working swiftly to reverse that flow. Expanded Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports will provide net economic benefits to the United States, including the creation of thousands of American jobs. However, the current process for approving LNG exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement (NFTA) countries – many of whom are our allies – is outdated and has failed to keep pace with domestic development. Only six applications to export LNG to NFTA countries have been approved, with 24 more still pending. In a world roiled by newfound Russian aggression, the ability to trade our energy resources freely is an urgent diplomatic tool, as well as an economic force that must not be ignored.

One-size-fits-all mandates are blunt instruments, serving only to curb innovation and diminish the opportunity and livelihood of American citizens. Texas employs a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, producing one third of the nation’s crude oil and natural gas and accounting for more than one quarter of the nation’s petroleum refining capacity. Texas produces more electricity than any other state with natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, biofuel and hydroelectric generation. We’ve also installed more wind energy capacity than any other state and all but five countries. Even as our population has grown by more than 5 million since 2000, we’ve led the U.S. energy revolution while protecting our environment and reducing harmful pollutants in the air like nitrogen oxide by 62.5 percent, and ozone by 23 percent – a reduction that is 12 percent greater than the national average.

The success we’ve seen in Texas shows that energy production and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. If adopted, the Texas approach could create jobs, contribute billions of dollars to the economy, strengthen our energy security and make the United States a global energy powerhouse today and for future generations. I encourage you to act quickly to free up these resources and remove the barriers to our nation’s economic resurgence and opportunity for families across America.

Sincerely,

Rick Perry
Governor

View a PDF of the Letter


Freshwater Fishing Reports

To prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels, anglers in some North and Central Texas counties are required to drain all water from their boats before leaving or approaching a public water body. Get details.

Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY Water stained; 68–73 degrees; 16.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters, flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.
AMISTAD Water fairly clear; 74–78 degrees; 44.54’ low. Black bass are good on green tubes, Senkos, and spinnerbaits in 15–45 feet. Striped bass are good on Red Fins. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and trolling hellbender crankbaits. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water off color; 68–71 degrees; 17.94’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.
ATHENS Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters and small soft plastic swimbaits. Crappie are good on jigs minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
BASTROP Water clear; 75–79 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 10.11’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits in coves. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BOB SANDLIN Water clear; 71–74 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits and topwaters near flooded vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained, 69–74 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, crankbaits and spinner baits on boat docks and rocky points. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on jug lines with cut bait.
BRAUNIG Water clear. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good down rigging spoons near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 68–72 degrees; 22.01’ low. Black bass are good on white splatterback Bandit 200 crankbaits and 1/4oz yellow magic poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 11.54’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are excellent on craw colored chatterbaits and shad colored crankbaits around docks in 1–5 feet. White bass are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 1–10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet Yellow catfish to 10 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with perch, shrimp, and goldfish in 5–10 feet.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 30.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Curb’s ”erratic” jigs, topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon/red Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are fair jigging white Curb’s bucktail jigs in 15–30 feet. White bass are fair vertically Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.
CADDO Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.60’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rig creature baits in green pumpkin and white buzzbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
CALAVERAS Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 9.27’ low. Black bass are fair on JDC spider Grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 6–12 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging silver Pirk Minnows and white Curb’s striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad Raps in 10–20 feet. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
CEDAR CREEK Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 3.14’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws on docks in 3–5’ of water. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
CHOKE CANYON Water clear; 74–78 degrees; 24.40’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards, and large worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnow tipped jigs. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water clear; 72–76 degrees; 16.98’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on striper jigs and grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 74 degrees in main lake, 87 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.09’ low. Black bass to 6 pounds are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish to 14 pounds are fair on live perch in 10–12 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 21.73’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and cheesebait.
COOPER Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 6.87’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.
FALCON Water clear; 75–79 degrees; 29.71’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and deep running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and cut bait under cormorants. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are fair on shallow running shad colored crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina rigged soft plastic worms along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow.
FORK Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 3.03’ low. Black bass are good on Strike King 10XDs and soft plastic swimbaits on deep drops. Hollow body frogs effective as well. White and yellow bass good on slabs and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 14.19’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water clear. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp.
GRANBURY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 11.12’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
GRANGER Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
GRAPEVINE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 10.20’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers in sprayed grass color fished slowly around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
GREENBELT 43.39’ low. No report available.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass to 7 pounds are fair on blue, strawberry red, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 68–72 degrees; 25.61’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
JOE POOL Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits and topwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAKE O’ THE PINES Water lightly stained; 69–73; degrees; 1.62’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and small crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.
LAVON Water lightly stained; 69–74 degrees; 11.37’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged Missile D Bombs in blue bruiser. White bass are slow on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LBJ Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are good on Bleeding Shad Rat–L–Traps, watermelon creature baits, and pumpkin JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters in 5–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on live minnows and white tube jigs in 6–10 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
LEWISVILLE Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 7.64’ low. Black bass are slow on watermelon candy shakyheads and flick shake worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
LIMESTONE Water stained; 70–76 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stinkbait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river.
LIVINGSTON Water fairly clear; 72–76 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair but small on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 98.76’ low. No report available.
MARTIN CREEK Water clear; 73–76 degrees; 0.07 high. Black bass are good on topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH 89.95’ low. No report available.
MONTICELLO Water fairly clear; 69–75 degrees; 0.50’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged green pumpkin creature baits and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
NASWORTHY No report available.
NAVARRO MILLS Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along banks. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on chartreuse and black/orange jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stinkbait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 48.5’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 23.71’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigged lizards or worms, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads and weightless Senkos. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
PALO DURO 53.23’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 68–73 degrees; 15.02’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 9.64’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off points. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water clear; 70–74 degrees; 6.82’ low. Black bass are good on medium diving crankbaits and shaky heads in watermelon red. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS Water clear; 69–73 degrees; 8.25’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged green pumpkin soft plastics and Missile D–Bombs in super bug along main lake points. Crappie are good on white jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 7.73’ low. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 2.01’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lizards and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 2.69’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 73.12’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD 16.39’ low. No report available.
STEINHAGEN 0.42’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 11.25’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water murky; 68–73 degrees; 25.13’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 8.48’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Please call ahead to verify access at ramp of your choice. Lake access is severely limited due to low water.
TEXOMA Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 8.48’ low. Black bass are good on topwater walking baits and Texas rigged plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area. Get details.
TOLEDO BEND Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 1.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs under the bridge. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 56.04’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, white grubs, and Rat–L–Traps in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white grubs in 10–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs in 15–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 20–35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on soft plastic curltail minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water clear; 69–72 degrees; 6.52’ low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 35.21’ low. No report available.
WHITNEY Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 12.56’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and cheesebait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 7.16’ high. Black bass are good on black neon Texas rigged creature baits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See Possession and Transport.

 

Saltwater Fishing Reports

Water Body Report
NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh on topwaters and spoons.
SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair to good over shell in 3–4 feet of water. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters.
BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass on live shrimp.
TRINITY BAY Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on shrimp on the outgoing tide. Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels.
EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish are fair in the marsh around points on shrimp and Gulps.
WEST GALVESTON BAY Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait when the wind allows. Trout are fair for waders in the afternoon on topwaters.
TEXAS CITY Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
FREEPORT Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are fair at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp.
PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.
ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the Estes Flats on shrimp and Gulps.
PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working live shrimp under a popping cork over sand and grass.
BAFFIN BAY Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small topwaters.
PORT MANSFIELD Trout are good on topwaters around sand and grass at Green Island and the Saucer. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes and while anchored with natural baits at East Cut.
SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair to good for waders around the spoil island on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on Gulps and live shrimp under a popping cork.
PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on topwaters.
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