Have a safe boating holiday

Labor Day Weekend is one of the top boating weekends of the year on many Texas lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season.

Check local weather conditions before departure. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile or rough winds or sudden drops in temperatures, stay off the water.

Create and follow a pre-departure checklist to ensure no boating safety rules or precautions have been forgotten or overlooked.

Have a first-aid kit, signaling devices, a boat anchor and a cell phone on board in case of emergencies.

Designate an assistant boat operator in case the primary operator is injured or incapacitated in any way.

Inform family or friends of your plans, where you are going, and how long you are going to be gone.

Make sure everyone is assigned a proper-fitting life jacket. Wear proper personal flotation devices and take precautions to avoid major accidents

Avoid alcohol while boating. It is illegal to operate or physically control a boat if the boat operator is under the influence of alcohol.

Nearly all boating accidents are preventable; boaters remain attentive. Please exercise extreme caution while on the water.

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Hi: 77

Thursday Night

Mostly Cloudy

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Friday Night

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Dec. 1)

GOOD. Water stained; 62 degrees; 3.30 feet low. Bass are relating to points and main lake brush piles using jigging spoons and crankbaits. Crappie continue to migrate into the river, with catches in the brushpiles using whitehead jigs or minnows. Catfish continue to move into shallow water and into the creeks. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.

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