Sports
  • Hunters will see some hunting regulation changes this fall, including the implementation of automated processing of pronghorn and antlerless mule deer applications and permits, a decrease in the daily bag limit for scaup and a decrease in the daily bag limit for light goose during regular season.
  • Luke with his grandson Luke Zimmerman and some hefty Lake Texoma stripers landed on topwaters this past week while fishing with Striper Express. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Guide Chris Watson, aka "The Catman," is one of the top guides Luke has fished with during his 30 plus year career as an outdoors writer. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Lake Texoma and the Texas waters of the Red River below Denison Dam (Cooke and Grayson Counties) – Standardize harvest regulations for blue, channel, and flathead catfish in the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma and on the Red River below Lake Texoma.
  • With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend and summertime temperatures, Texans may be getting out on the water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) inland fisheries and law enforcement staff are urging boaters to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes.
  • In 2019, 36 boating fatalities, and multiple boat accidents and injuries occurred on Texas waters. In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week May 16-22, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding Texans to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water.
  • I'm sure I can't remember all the ways Rick Foreman elevated sports in Fannin County, first as an athlete and then as a coach, but here are just a handful of memories that stand out for me.
  • After stirring up a storm on the volleyball court for the Bonham Lady Warriors, Averi Reeves will take her game to the collegiate level where Reeves will join the Savage Storm at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
  • Kelton Arthur, 11, with a largemouth bass he caught.
  • School may be out, but fish school is in! If you've got children, we've got 4 ways they can build their angling skills while spending time at home.
  • The National Forest and Grasslands in Texas will begin reopening recreation sites in May using a site-by-site approach, including assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety of recreation areas.
  • Despite the high water seen on the White River below Bull Shoals Dam recently as the Corps of Engineers releases water to lower Bull Shoals Lake, Jack Robinett found a way to hook a nice brown trout on May 6.
  • To make this possible for our visitors a few changes have been made: Open for day use only, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. NO CAMPING ALLOWED. The park’s gates will only be open during these hours. All visitors must leave the park by 5:00 p.m. regardless of when they arrived. Capacity limits are in place. You must get your Day Pass online before you arrive at the park.
  • Lake Bonham Recreation Area has gone online! All campsites must be reserved online and paid for by credit or debit card. Campsites may be reserved up to three months in advance.
  • We're open for business! Fishing has been declared essential after all, so that gives good reason to come out to support mental health with some fresh air in nature and put food on the table for your family.
  • As part of a broader effort to reopen Texas, Texas State Parks will resume limited overnight camping beginning May 18. This gradual reopening of overnight reservations will be limited at all Texas State Parks to varying degrees depending on individual park occupancy in order to align with safe business practices currently followed in Texas. Some existing reservations will be honored, but to prevent overcrowding, manage continued social distancing and safeguard public health, no new reservations can be made for now. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will notify the public once new reservations can be booked.
  • Congratulations to Luke Porter (right) and Aidan Straub for all the hard work in the classroom! Thanks to all the teachers for helping them the past four years!
  • Kaimon Allender caught this 2 lb. 1oz. crappie out of Lake McMurtry this week.
  • Guide Seth Vanover shows off his Livescope and one of many crappie caught on a recent outing. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Currently, all "access points" are open and give a minimal level of access around the lake. These are areas that have a boat ramp, but no camping or picnicking facilities. Social distancing and other restrictions required by local, state and federal authorities to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be in place. If these restrictions cannot be followed recreation areas could be forced to close again. Beginning May 20, 2020, campers will be able to make limited camping reservations. Campground reservations and fees must be made in advance at www.recreation.gov.