PORT ARTHUR —
There are records of people catching large numbers of trout in landing nets and taking advantage of the fishery in what can only be described as very greedy ways. That is why laws have been put into place to protect the fishery during certain periods.
There are some other things to consider in relation to freeze-related kills. The last 25 have seen warming trends in Texas bays that have allowed mangrove snapper to migrate and establish populations as far north as Sabine Lake.
TPWD officials said the reason no bag or size limits have been put on the species is that a big freeze would immediately knock them back down to their “normal” range of the Coastal Bend southward.
The same thing could happen to snook, which are sensitive to warm temperatures and have been moving northward although not as far as the mangrove snapper.
In 2011, freezes in Florida killed an estimated seven percent of the state’s snook population. There is a chance Texas’ snook fishery could face a severe setback with a major freeze situation.
Freezes are a part of the natural cycle but they can make things difficult for anglers who must face fishing in the wake of the immediate damage they do. Hopefully the coast will dodge a freeze-related kill this year but in all likelihood there will at least be a localized kill on the horizon.
Two years ago thousands of redfish will killed when they got trapped behind the weirs at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Calcasieu. There are frequently kills on a much smaller scales as different areas, particularly those impacted somehow by man are affected in different ways.
We will be keeping an eye on things this winter and will keep you informed on what is going on with the health of our important fishery.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com . You can watch him Saturdays at 10 a.m. on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore” on GETV/GETV.org and listen to him Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI.)