Fishing and Boating
Fishing and Boating information for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Texas. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fishing and Boating Regulations Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge y Fishing Fishing with hook and line is allowed on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions: 1. Bank and wade fishing with hook and line, rod and reel are allowed year-round in areas open for public fishing access. 2. All refuge ponds except Refuge Road Pond are closed to fishing from October 1 through March 14. 3. You must possess a valid State of Texas or Lake Texoma fishing license while fishing in refuge waters. 4. 5. 6. 7. o Boating 1. Boating season begins March 15 and extends through September 30. 2. Boats may be launched only at designated boat ramps located at the end of Tern Road and L Pad Road. Hand launching is available at the Goode Day Use Area. 3. All State and Federal regulations apply to boats using the refuge. 4. Hazards: Big Mineral Creek and lake waters within the refuge contain floating debris. 5. Use of any containers (jugs, bottles) as floats is not allowed. During the boating season, trotlines 6. are allowed in the open area of the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma in accordance with Texas State law. All fishing tackle, including floats, must be removed from refuge 7. waters by September 30. Fishing, entry by any means, and taking of bait is not allowed in refuge marshes or from Plover, Tern, and Egret Roads. 8. Limb lines, throw lines, jug lines, seine nets, yo-yos, and noodling are not allowed on the refuge. 9. Fishing from bridges, night fishing, and discarding any type of fishing line are not allowed. 10. We allow the use of bow and arrow to take non-game fish in refuge waters in accordance with State regulations EXCEPT from Refuge Road, Wildlife Drive, Plover Road, Tern Road, and Egret Road. 11. You may not take Alligator Gar during the month of May. 12. Taking of frogs, turtles and mussels from refuge lands or waters is not allowed. 13. Year-round, you may not take baitfish from Wildlife Drive or Refuge Road for any purpose. 8. Airboats, hovercraft, and personal watercraft such as jet skis are not allowed on the refuge. 9. S General Regulations 1. The refuge opens at sunrise and closes at sunset daily. 2. Fires are not allowed. 3. Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife refuges must comply with all provision of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). 4. Swimming and water skiing are not allowed. 5. Do not block gates or roads. 6. No glass containers or bottles are allowed on the refuge. Tube fishing (fishing with the aid of an inner tube-type device as part of a pair of waders for flotation) is allowed during boating season, March 15 through September 30. Boats and all other floating devices are not allowed on open waters of Lake Texoma within the refuge except Big Mineral Creek, from October 1 through March 14 annually. From October 1 through March 14, we allow only non-motorized boats and tube fishing in Big Mineral Creek from the point where it joins Lake Texoma to the upstream end of navigable waters. This includes any type of gas or electric motor that is onboard and capable of use. We allow launching only from L Pad Road. At the point where Big Mineral Creek joins Lake Texoma, Big Mineral Creek is a year-round no-wake zone to the end of upstream navigable waters. Special Daily and Size Limits White or Black Crappie Channel catfish Blue catfish Size limit: 10” minimum and 37 daily limit. Size limit: 12" minimum and combined daily bag limit 15. Only one blue 30" or greater may be retained each day. Flathead catfish Size limit: 20” minimum and 5 daily limit. Striped bass and Striped bass hybrid Daily limit 10 combined, only 2 may be 20” or longer. White bass No size limit and 25 daily limit. Largemouth Smallmouth Spotted bass Size limit: 14” minimum. Daily limit 5 combined. Interpretive Trail Day Use Area o E g Russell's Pond Auto Tour Route Boat Launch Meadow Pond Creek Visitor Center e j k L J F E O o G H D C Deaver Pond o e g K B Hiking Trail Keyes Road L I A Sandy Unit Q Elliot Road n Unio R.R. j ic Pacif Crow Hill Trail Steedman Marsh Mineral Big Marsh Mineral Area Tern Road E Bran Wright Road Bra Harris Creek Unit . N R.R Un Scale 0 1/4 1/2 3/4 1 Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Limited Access Roads County or Refuge Through Roads Refuge Boundary 2 Miles Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge h nc Refuge Road ch Quail Run Hagerman Road Refuge Headquarters ers Mey Meyers Branch Unit Harris Cr Trail dl e Mid Derby Ponds qS Picnic Pond Plainview Road e g Goode Unit ch Information Point . Big Mineral Unit Brooks Lane e Cre e Dead Woman Pond Bran 82 R.R ee Cr Brooks Lane Bennett Lane Sandy Point Road Black Diamond Road Phone: 903-786-2826 S q Union ific Cordell Road k l era Min Old Sadler Road Pac Brooks Lane Creek r Road Sadle Sadler 901 y Sand Crawford Road Earl Road Dickey Road Beaver ng ad Old rt Ma sta Keefer Road Lawrence Lane Mu Short Road Godwin Unit Oil Field Road Ro Arkansas Old Sadler Road Old Southmayd Road ke ific La a ion Pac om x Te Terry Lane Wright Road For more information: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge 6465 Refuge Road Sherman, TX 75092-5817 June 2020 Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in