Protect Lake Tawakoni's Trophy Blue Catfish

If you have ever caught a trophy blue catfish on rod n' reel, you understand the thrill and excitement a fisherman experiences once landed after such an epic battle. How much more exciting to see a youngster experience such a feat!

No place in Texas has this happened more than the great Lake Tawakoni. Over the years, more large blue catfish have been caught on rod n' reel, than any other lake in Texas.

Although many anglers release the large fish, Lake Tawakoni has never been more crippled and exhausted of it's large trophy blue catfish as it is today. In the last 5 years, huge numbers of large catfish have been harvested from it's waters.

With the legalization of hand fishing (noodling) and the excessive trot liners and sophisticated jug liners, the harvest of trophy blue catfish (Blue Catfish 10lbs or larger / 30" or greater) has recently been tremendous. Blue catfish anglers who have fished the lake the past 15 years report more than a 50% reduction in catch rates of large catfish on rod n' reel.

Recently, it has come to the attention of the Texas Parks and Wildlife fisheries department of the over harvest of large blue catfish. Understanding how important this lake is to the trophy CPR angler (Catch, Photo & Release) the department would like to know how many anglers actually desire to protect and promote the sport of CRP, in regards to blue catfish.

A implementation of a slot or other restriction is very possible in the near future on Lake Tawakoni. We need your help.

Even if you do not fish Tawakoni often, we ask that you support our cause and sign our petition to implement a restriction against harvesting large trophy blue catfish.

**NOTE** If you, or someone you know has a comment based on a story or experience of over harvest of large catfish, please share in the "comments" section of the petition.

Tight Lines,

Michael Littlejohn




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  • mark graber It is critical to protect this and many other blue cat fisheries.

  • jack wicke Michael Littlejohn all im saying is anyone can look up images on google about your guide service and see that you are the largest impact of fish decline in lake tawakoni! Maybe tpwd should ban you for a while! Honestly you are the largest impact on that lake and all your and your wifes images prove it!

  • jack wicke Maybe also include catfish guides that do several trips a day and pull large quantities of larger blue catfish from lake tawakoni daily too! I mean when you have several guides pulling hundreds if not more catfish from the lake a week thats a larger impact than a recreational jugger or trotliner creates in a year!

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