Guadalupe River Trout

 

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Notice of GRTU Chapter Meeting and Gear Swap Meet, 23 April 2016

Location – CRCC Building, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake, TX  78133

Agenda:

8:30 AM – Set up for Gear Swap Meet.  Tables will be provided.

9:00 AM – Gear Swap Meet.  Bring your new or used fishing gear and clothing to trade or sell.

10:00 AM – Business Meeting

11:00 AM – Presentation – Marcos De Jesus and Greg Cummings, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries.  Both Marcos and Greg work in the San Marcos Fisheries Management District Office.  Marcos is the District Supervisor and Greg is the River Management Biologist.   They will give us a presentation about the Guadalupe Tailrace fishery including:

  • Management Strategy and Harvest Regulations
  • Recent studies – Habitat modeling and recommendations
  • Future efforts – Brown Trout survivability assessment
  • Partnerships with GRTU

12:00 PM – Catered Lunch ($12.00 per plate – money goes to support conservation projects)

12:30 PM – GRTU Board Meeting

Marcos De Jesus – District Supervisor, San Marcos-Austin District. Inland Fisheries Management.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Marcos has worked as a fisheries scientist for 18 years, the last 10 of which have been in San Marcos working for TPWD Inland Fisheries Division in the Management and Research Branch. Marcos graduated with a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University.  His main fisheries interests include urban fisheries management and fisheries habitat and access management.  Some might know Marcos and his work on the Guadalupe River, Colorado River, Llano River and area impoundments.   Marcos has worked closely with many local angler groups, particularly fly-fishing groups (Austin Fly Fishers, Central Texas Fly Fishers, GRTU, Alamo Fly Fishers) to conduct conservation work in area waters.  In recent years, he got the Guadalupe River trout slot limit and the Lake Kyle catch-and-release regulation passed, which will benefit many fly anglers.  He also worked with locals in Castell to establish a rainbow trout winter fishery in the Llano River using local hotel tax dollars.  Marcos has a passion for making fishing better and looks forward to working with all angler types to help public waters reach their full potential. Marcos’ personal angling interests include light tackle fishing in rivers and small impoundments.

Greg Cummings – River Management Biologist, San Marcos-Austin District. Inland Fisheries Management. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Greg has worked in fisheries management for 14 years, the last 12 in San Marcos working for the Management and Research branch of the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division.  Greg graduated with a Master’s Degree in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University.  His main fisheries interests include reservoir and river management, GIS applications in fisheries, and outreach.  Greg has worked on the Guadalupe River extensively.  He coordinated TPWD’s temperature monitoring program on the river and assisted with installation and maintenance of GRTU’s temperature stations.  He has also performed creel surveys, electrofishing surveys, and habitat surveys on the river.  In 2009 and 2010 he assisted with a telemetry study evaluating movement of rainbow trout on the Guadalupe River.  In 2010, he embarked on a Master’s thesis evaluating habitat availability for rainbow trout.  Greg also sees the importance of youth outreach.  For the last 9 years, he has assisted with Bass Brigade, a youth leadership camp that focuses on fisheries management and aquatic resource conservation.  He has also discussed management and research on the Guadalupe River at the GRTU Youth Trout Camp.  Greg understands the importance of anglers in fisheries conservation and maintains a service attitude toward this constituency.  Greg’s personal interests include fresh/saltwater angling, hunting, camping, boating, and kayaking.

 

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT FAMED ANGLER, CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION
ATHENS—The angler who caught the first entry into Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ground-breaking big bass angler recognition program and the organization responsible for Texas having a year-around rainbow trout fishery will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in June.

To be inducted is Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU), the largest Trout Unlimited chapter in the nation with more than 5,000 members. GRTU has been the driving force behind the development of a year-round rainbow trout fishery on the Guadalupe River, listed as one of America’s top 100 trout streams in 2013. TPWD studies show this fishery has an annual economic impact of $1.9 million on the local economy, but GRTU’s contributions go much further. The organization maintains a leadership role in conservation and development of public access to the fishery.
GRTU leases access points along the river from landowners and businesses and uses fees from anglers to pay the lease fees and purchase approximately 12,000 pounds of large rainbow trout for stocking into the river each year. These fish become public property and are available for anyone to catch. GRTU also funds scientific studies of the fishery and supports a number of educational programs for young people, including Trout in the Classroom and Trout Camp. The organization also contributes to such programs as Casting for Recovery, Reel Recovery and Project Healing Waters. GRTU also supports conservation efforts nationwide, working with other Trout Unlimited chapters.

 

Wanted – Old GRTU Newsletters!

We are trying to fill the gap in some of our archives of older newsletters. We have one from 1979, then a gap for all the 1980s. If you have newsletters that you would allow us to borrow to scan in to our archives, please contact me via email at president@grtu.org.

Thanks!