Fishing at Blanco State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.
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Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/outdoor-annual for the most current regulations. BLANCO STATE PARK Other info: www.texasstateparks.org P.O. Box 493 • Blanco, TX 78606 (830) 833-4333 Local Emergency: During business hours call Park Headquarters; AFTER hours call Blanco County Sheriff’s Office (830) 868-7304 or 911. Where to Fish: The park features shoreline access along the Blanco River. NOTE: There is no fishing from the low water crossing and swimmers have the right of way. Licenses and Restrictions: A fishing license is not required to fish within the boundaries of a state park. Fishing is by pole and line only. Anglers may use no more than two poles while fishing. NOTE: Powered boats are prohibited in Blanco State Park. HARVEST REGULATIONS Daily bag limit of 5 (all species combined) with 1 black bass 14 inches or greater in length. SPECIES FISHING OPPORTUNITIES POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT Largemouth Bass Catfish White Bass Sunfish © 2023 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD LF P4507-012G (9/23) TPWD receives funds from DHS and USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, visit tpwd.texas.gov/nondiscrimination or call (512) 389-4800 for information on filing a complaint. To obtain information in an alternative format, contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915, by Relay Texas at 7-1-1, (800) 735-2989, or by email at email@example.com. If you speak a language other than English and need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Department of the Interior Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240, and/or U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), Mail Stop #0190 2707, Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20528. HA N DY FISH ING BASICS HOW TO TIE A FISHING KNOT NATURAL BAIT HOOK PLACEMENT The palomar knot is very strong and easy to tie. HOW TO MEASURE FISH Pinch the tail together and take the longest measurement from nose to tail. Freshwater fish TIPS FOR RELEASING FISH SAFELY 1. For safety for you and a quick release of fish, mash down the barb of the hook with pliers. 2. Quickly play and release fish as soon as possible (take photos quickly). 3. Remove hook with pliers or cut line if the hook has been swallowed. 4. Gently place fish back into water. 5. Revive fish by holding upright in water and facing it into the current, gently forcing water through gills. Saltwater fish 6. If you don’t intend to eat the fish, NEVER place it on a stringer. FISHING ETHICS SAFETY • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your head, eyes and skin. • Use insect repellent – but keep off hands, as you will be handling bait and live fish. • Look behind you before each cast to avoid hooking someone or getting caught in a tree (practice casting before you go fishing). • Bring plenty of drinking water to prevent dehydration; soft drinks encourage dehydration. • Wear a life jacket if you cannot swim or you are uncom- fortable around the water. Supervise young children: it only takes a second for them to slip under the surface. Kids under 13 must wear life jackets if fishing from a boat. Before doing anything, ask yourself the following questions: • • • Is it legal? Would it be good if everyone did it? Would it make you proud? Ethical behavior is more than just following the fishing regulations. Ethical people go beyond what laws require and demonstrate good judgment and behavior for everyone – even if no one sees you do something ethical. Ethical behavior includes picking up trash around the area you have been fishing, calmly and politely explaining to others if they are breaking fishing regulations, and respecting the rights of other anglers and those that use the water in other ways.