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Texas Aquatic Science Chapter 13 and 14 Reading Questions

Instructions: Please complete all 20 questions based on the reading from the Texas Aquatic Science book. Your answers will be evaluated and correct responses will be emailed to you. Report this activity for (2) hours education/service credit on Qualtrics within 7 days of submitting your Qualtrics quiz, or you will not receive credit for this assignment. Log zero people reached in this activity and categorize this activity under continuing education.
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1. Where in a lake would you expect to find most fish feeding in the mornings and evenings? What about mid-day? Ch. 13
2. Read the following article from FishingBooker and answer the following questions based on the article and the Texas Aquatic Science reading: https://fishingbooker.com/blog/most-common-types-of-fishing-lures-all-you-need-to-know/ Ch. 13

  1. According to figure 13.2 of Texas Aquatic Science, what can you expect to catch when using crickets and grasshoppers as bait?

  2. After reading the article, list one pro and one con of using fishing lures.

  3. According to the article, why are jigs able to easily sink to the bottom of a body of water?

  4. According to the article, what do the furs, feathers, or thread resemble on flies?

3. What are the best wind conditions for fishing? Ch. 13



  1. No wind

  2. Light to moderate wind

  3. Moderate to strong winds

  4. Strictly easterly winds

4. The _____ makes and enforces rules to conserve fish and wildlife. Ch. 13



  1. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  2. Texas Aquaculture Commission

  3. Texas Wildlife Association

  4. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

5. True or False: Individuals too young to purchase a fishing license (under the age of 17) are not required to observe and follow Texas fishing regulations. Ch. 13



  1. True

  2. False

6. True or False: Fish consumption bans are enforced to protect public health. Ch. 13



  1. True

  2. False

7. What is the purpose of a “slot limit” in catching fish? Ch. 13


8. Look at the following pie chart from the TPWD financial overview from 2013 and answer the following questions based on the chart and the Texas Aquatic Science reading https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_rp_a0900_0679_01_13.pdf. Ch. 13 (You are not required to read the article, but it is here for your reference)

  1. According to Texas Aquatic Science, how does the TPWD use money from the sale of fishing licenses?

  2. According to the chart, which category did most of the money go to for fiscal year (FY) 2013?

  3. According to the chart, what category was 15.7% of the budget spent on in 2013?


9. What are the three questions an “ethical angler” should ask every time they are out on the water? Ch. 13
10. Below is a link to the most recent TPWD Outdoor Annual. Familiarize yourself with the site and then answer the following questions based on the website and the Texas Aquatic Science reading: https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/ Ch. 13

  1. According to Texas Aquatic Science, how often is Outdoor Annual published?

  2. According to Outdoor Annual, what is the daily bag limit for spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass? (Hint: go to Freshwater Fishing>Statewide Bag & Length Limits)

  3. According to Outdoor Annual, list two things you should do when you leave a body of water? (Hint: go to Fishing Rules & Regulations>Fishing With a Boat)

  4. According to Outdoor Annual, what is the penalty for receiving a Class A misdemeanor? (Hint: go to Laws, Penalties & Restitution)

11. Why is riparian law not well suited for the Texas environment? Ch. 14


12. When does diffused surface water become state water? Ch. 14
13. Which agency is responsible for managing nonpoint source pollution in Texas for forestry and agriculture? Ch. 14

  1. Texas Water Development Board

  2. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  3. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  4. Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

14. What type of pollution does the Clean Water Act target? Ch. 14

a. Oxygen-depletion pollution

b. Chemical pollution

c. Point source pollution

d. Nonpoint source pollution

15. True or False: Prior appropriation is synonymous with the “first-in-time, first-in-right” rule because senior water rights holders are able to utilize their water right first. Ch. 14
16. True or False: The dual doctrine considers the ecological needs of aquatic ecosystems and the direct connections between groundwater and surface water. Ch. 14
17. What is the rule that gives landowners a legal right to pump and capture whatever groundwater is available, regardless of the effect of that pumping on neighbors’ wells? Do you think this rule should remain the same, or should it be modified? Explain your reasoning. Ch. 14
18. Watch the following video from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and answer the following questions based on the video and the Texas Aquatic Science reading: https://youtu.be/cbUrrYq9BmU Ch. 14


  1. According to Texas Aquatic Science, why is it difficult to determine the environmental flow of a river or other water bodies?

  2. According to the video, what are the three natural flow events listed?

  3. According to the video, what are the five key components analyzed to understand environmental flows?

19. What are river authorities and the US Army Corps of Engineers tasked with? Ch. 14


20. Of the 281 springs that were identified as historically significant, how many have stopped flowing since the 1800s? What has caused so many of these springs to run dry? Ch. 14
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