Lots of activities are in store for anglers in the weeks ahead, and among them is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s annual crab trap cleanup program. Volunteers with boats will be able to remove any crab traps they find in the water from Feb. 21 to March 2.
In order to accommodate the removal of crab traps without any controversy, the Texas Legislature voted to prohibit crab traps in the bays and coastal water for a period each winter to allow volunteers to remove old traps and take them to collection sites for disposal.
The act provides that any crab trap in the water during the time set aside for the cleanup is considered abandoned and can be removed without the owner’s consent. Since the start of the program, thousands of abandoned traps have been removed from all along the Texas Gulf Coast and adjacent coastal waters.
Collection sites will be set up where the traps can be taken and disposed of by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. An update on disposal sites will be published closer to the beginning of the cleanup campaign.
Another event that will attract a number of anglers is the Texas Shootout Chorizo Trout Tournament scheduled from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Weigh-in takes place at Serious Tackle in La Marque.
For information, call Lee Garcia, 281-216-3215, or visit www.
On the fishing scene Wednesday, not much was taking place. The only reports of any fish caught have come from anglers fishing off lighted docks at night.
Cecil Morehead called in his catch of three speckled trout to 17 inches in length and an undersized red from his dock on Dickinson Bayou on Tuesday night. Free-lined live shrimp was the bait, and all of the fish were retained except for the undersized red.
Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email email@example.com.