Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News Posted 6:38 a.m. CT November 25, 2019
Rainbow trout will be stored in the lakes, ponds and rivers of Texas during the winter that begins on November 26 until the beginning of March. The South Weeks pond in Wichita Falls will be stocked every two weeks.
(Photo: Contributed photo)
Texans can expect another type of storage this holiday season, as the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife begins to store thousands of easy-to-catch rainbow trout in 185 ponds, lakes and rivers across the state.
As of November 26, fishermen can try to catch fish that love cold weather.
As part of the TWPD Neighborhood Fishin & # 39 ;, South Weeks Pond program in Wichita Falls, along with lakes and ponds in 17 other communities they will stock up on trout every two weeks. These ponds offer many amenities for children and their families to enjoy a fun and relaxing day of fishing and be outdoors.
At least 15 Texas state parks will add fishing to their winter activity lists, as these parks will have a periodic stock of rainbow trout this winter.
Many of the state parks have excellent fishing services such as docks, access to the coast, cleaning stations and equipment or boat rentals. As an added benefit, state parks are the only places in Texas where fishermen can fish for free without a fishing license (children under 17 can fish for free in Texas).
Fishing opportunities for tail breeds will be available near several dams and landfills. These locations include Canyon Tailrace on the Guadalupe River just below Canyon Lake; Lewisville Tailrace on Elm Fork of the Trinity River below Lake Lewisville; and Possum Kingdom Tailrace on the Brazos River below Lake Possum Kingdom.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife fishery technician pulls rainbow trout into a net to supply a lake in Texas. The trout will be stored during the winter from November 26 until the beginning of March.
(Photo: Contributed photo)
There will be averages in dozens of other park ponds run by the city and the county, along with the foundry pond of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Center and several rivers, including Frio, South Llano, Guadalupe and Clear Fork of the Trinity River.
Rainbow trouts are attracted to a variety of baits and decoys.
These fish can be caught with a simple and light rig or with hand-tied flies.
TPWD offers advice for fishermen to arrive early on storage days at sites, maintain a safe and courteous distance from other fishermen, keep a variety of baits and lures nearby and have ice available to keep harvested fish fresh.
The department will store a total of 343,650 trouts in the state from November 26 until the beginning of March.
Trout cannot survive in the waters of Texas after winter, so fishermen are encouraged to maintain their daily limit of five trout.
Trouts are tasty and easy to prepare, and you can find many recipes online on how to prepare them.
Adult fishers must have a freshwater fishing license in the state unless they are in a state park.
The trout bag limit is five, except in parts of the Guadalupe River where there are special limits.
Dates and storage locations are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.
Check the 2019-20 inventory calendar often to confirm storage dates.
Claire Kowalick, a senior journalist for Times Record News, covers local government, the army and MSU Texas. If you have a news suggestion, contact Claire at [email protected]
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