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2016 Waterfowl Survey

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com




Ducks Unlimited reports that duck numbers hold steady, and most species remain well above long-term averages.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service.


Overall duck numbers in the survey area are statistically similar to last year and remain steady. Total populations were estimated at 48.4 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 38 percent above the 1955-2015 long-term average. Last year's estimate was 49.5 million birds. The projected mallard fall flight index is 13.5 million birds, similar to the 2015 estimate of 13.8 million.


The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest.


Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2016 breeding population survey were generally poorer than last year. The total pond estimate for the U.S. and Canada combined were 5.0 million, which is 21% below the 2015 estimate of 6.3 million and similar to the long-term average of 5.2 million.


 


 




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Lake LBJ Weather Forecast

Saturday

Breezy

Hi: 80

Saturday Night

Clear

Lo: 41

Sunday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 62

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 39

Monday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 67

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 49

Tuesday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 73

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 49


Lake LBJ Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 11/18: 824.65 (-0.35)



Lake LBJ Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 15)

Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and wacky rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks along laydowns and stumps early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair vertically jigging Pirk Minnows under birds. Crappie are good on chartreuse/white crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.