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.