Spring is in the air and that means that papermouths are moving shallow to spawn. You’ll see cars and trucks parked off the side of roadways near creeks and lakes as anglers attempt to fill the cooler with delicious crappie fillets. So we are thrilled to have our old friend and 7 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier back on the show. Paul is regarded as the Lone Star State’s premiere crappie fisherman. We pick his brain on what indicators to look for as far as where crappie will spawn. Also, what bait and line does he prefer and what depth is he targeting? Lastly, Paul breaks down the differences between the black and white crappie, both of which are found in most southern reservoirs.
Next, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation CEO David Allen drops by to discuss the RMEF and the difference this conservation organization has made for elk herds over the past 30 years. We also look back on last season and reflect on our own elk experiences from 2015. With RMEF chapters all over the country, there is no doubt you can find one near you to get plugged in with.
Then in the next segment we discuss some troubling news out of Colorado. Organizations such as Defenders of Wildlife and the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) are pushing for wolf introduction in Colorado! And the most damning part of it all, is that they want to introduce the non native Mexican Gray Wolf into the Colorado Rockies because of the state’s abundance of elk herds. Can you imagine? This flies in the face of science and conservation when it comes to wildlife management.
Have you ever stumbled across a large bass lying dead on the bank with his throat ripped out? If you have, that was likely the work of a river otter. These curious animals are expanding their range in Texas which is bad news for landowners trying to grow big bass. Coming up on this weekend’s show we are joined by Lone Star Outdoor News Executive Editor Craig Nyhus to discuss why river otters appear to be thriving in Texas and what recourse landowners have to get rid of them.