Local anglers can win prizes by catching tagged fish in San Gabriel River

The Guadalupe bass is the state fish of Texas.

The Guadalupe bass is the state fish of Texas.

Anglers along the San Gabriel River in Williamson County will have the chance to win fishing gear and gift cards if they catch a special tagged Guadalupe bass.

As Texas’s state fish, the Guadalupe bass has been the subject of a 10-year conservation goal launched in 2010 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its partners, according to a March 21 TPWD statement.

To celebrate conservation success, a giveaway program running March 21-March 31, 2020, will reward fishers when they catch one of the tagged fish in the San Gabriel River or its tributaries, according to the statement.

Anglers who catch one of the 40 tagged Guadalupe bass will be entered into a monthly drawing, and if they win the drawing, they can pick a prize of fishing supplies or gift cards to Bass Pro Shops. To qualify, participants should clip the tag off the bass, take photos with the fish and call the number on the tag to report it.

“The Guadalupe bass is one of the most exciting species in our area to target with a fly rod, and it is iconic to the Lone Star State,” said Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing in Round Rock, in the March 21 TPWD statement.

The tagged fish are being distributed in the San Gabriel River by TPWD from Leander through Georgetown to Jonah, according to the statement. To read the full contest rules visit this link.
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By Abby Bora

Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.


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