Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge


Address
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, Texas 75092

Contact
903-786-2826

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an overlay of a portion of the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma in north-central Texas. Consisting of about 12,000 acres, the refuge provides a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife.

Canada, snow, white-fronted, and Ross' geese along with pintail, mallard, gadwall and other ducks use refuge impoundments and fields as stop-over and wintering grounds. Just 75 miles north of Dallas where the Red River etches the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas, migratory birds by the thousands take up winter quarters or refuel for long journeys. Some species spend the entire winter 'loafing' on the refuge, including, Ross?s, Greater White-fronted and Canada Geese. At times, as many as 10,000 geese can be seen in one field. Ducks such as mallards, northern shovelers, green-winged teal, and northern pintail are commonly seen on refuge waters during fall and winter months.

Although they take top billing, birds are not the only attraction. Colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses provide seasonal food and shelter for wildlife. Butterflies, meadowlarks, and dragonflies flutter through the summer landscape. Bottomland hardwoods along the creeks attract a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobcats, river otters, turtles, and fox squirrels. Listen for the howl of coyotes at dusk.

On national wildlife refuges, wildlife comes first. The establishment purpose of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is to provide and manage habitat for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants native to this area, and to provide opportunity for outdoor recreation that is compatible. The refuge offers wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities, including wildlife observation and photography, fishing, hunting, and hiking, and educational programs.

Wildlife Watching - Wildlife observation is the most popular activity at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The four mile Wildlife Drive with adjacent wetlands, croplands, and open water is usually the best place to see birds. In more forested areas deer, wild turkey, a variety of hawks, and other forest-dwellers are common.

Nature Trails - See wildlife in their backcountry habitats along one of several hiking trails.

Fishing - The refuge is a popular destination for sports fishermen seeking catfish, sand bass, stripers, crappie, and pan fish year-round. Come try your luck!

Hunting - Enjoy a public lands hunt. White-tailed deer, feral hog, turkey and small game (including dove, squirrel, and rabbit) hunt opportunities are seasonally available to the public.

Interpretation - For the National Wildlife Refuge System, interpretation means finding ways to connect our visitors with our resources. Come learn about some of the wonders of the natural world!

Environmental Education - The refuge offers a variety of teaching and learning opportunities provided by staff and volunteers throughout the year.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 21)

EXCELLENT. Water stained; 80 degrees; 1.70 feet below. Striped bass are good scattered from shallow flats to deeper water biting on slabs. Some topwater action early in the morning, and midday. Sand bass are mixed in with the stripers on shallow flats. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are great on live shad fishing main lake flats and secondary ledges in 30-40 feet of water. A lot of smaller fish with the occasional big fish, the size will improve as the weather cools off. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow with the amount of shad in the lake making it tough to fool them. Still off the banks in 8-15 feet of water fishing soft plastics late in the day and topwaters the first couple hours of the day. Key in on underwater points and brush piles using electronics. Blue and channel catfish are great on flats in 20-30 feet of water moving shallower as the water temperature cools off using cut shad and prepared baits. Trophy blue catfish season is just around the corner. Crappie are mostly undersized with better fish mixed in as you move around. Target roaming fish with electronics fishing the tops of brush piles in 10-15 feet of water. Minnows mainly and a jig if you get them biting well. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.

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