Catching West Texas Catfish for the Bragging and the Eating
Day 1: Fishing for the Numerous Catfish in West Texas – Trotlining and Jugging
Editor’s Note: Because of the long growing season, the abundance of food and the low human population numbers, west Texas may very well home some of the best fishing for catfish in the nation. "Due to the long growing season, this section of Texas can produce more and bigger catfish quicker than most areas of Texas and anywhere else in the country," says Bobby Farquhar, regional program director for west Texas for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
Texas anglers enjoy fishing for catfish, particularly in the western and southwestern sections of the state, and many anglers fish there with trotlines and jugs rather than with rods and reels. Fishermen in this area prefer to concentrate on catching more and bigger cats quicker in this region of the state with plenty of catfish and very-few anglers. The three most-popular species of catfish in this area of Texas include the channel, the blue and the flathead catfish. You'll have fun catching and eating these hard-fighting and delicious-tasting catfish. If you've ever had a mess of fresh golden-brown catfish fillets for a Friday night fish fry piled on your plate, a mound of French fries on one side, some tasty hushpuppies on the other side and a large portion of coleslaw opposite the catfish fillets, you can understand the goodness of life and the welcomed opportunity of catfish as tablefare. Know that when you salute the platter with a big glass of sweetened ice tea, there's no better meal in all of Texas. This week we’ll look at some great catfish lakes in west and southwest Texas, where to go and how to catch them.
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To contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department call (800) 792-1112; or, go to the website www.tpwd.state.tx.us. You also can go to www.YahooTravel.com, type in Texas and the lake's name you're interested in learning more about and find many websites for chambers of commerce, marinas and fishing guides on the lakes.