AUSTIN: It is the most wonderful time of the year for fishermen of all ages, as the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife began to store thousands of tasty and easy-to-catch rainbow trout in 185 ponds, lakes and rivers around the world. state.
For urban and suburban families in major cities, the Neighborhood Fishin lakes offer some of the best opportunities to fish rainbow trout this winter. TPWD manages 18 Neighborhood Fishin lakes throughout the state in most major urban centers, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. These lakes are equipped with rainbow trout every two weeks and offer many amenities so that family members of all ages can enjoy a fun and relaxing day fishing and connecting in nature.
Families wishing to spend a day or a weekend exploring a Texas state park can add fishing to their list of activities, as more than 15 state parks across the state will receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout this winter. Many state parks offer excellent fishing services, such as fishing piers and access to the coast, cleaning stations and equipment rental for rigs and kayaks or canoes. As an added benefit, state parks are the only places in Texas where fishermen can fish for free without a fishing license.
For fishermen interested in tail fishing, TPWD will store rainbow trout under several dams and landfills, which often have very cold water and provide excellent conditions for trout fishing. This year, TPWD stored rainbow trout in the Canyon Tailrace on the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Lake, the Lewisville Tailrace located on Elm Fork of the Trinity River below the Lewisville Lake and the Possum Kingdom Tailrace on the Brazos River below the Possum Kingdom Lake.
Other storage locations include dozens of local city and county-managed park ponds, the launch pond of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Center and several rivers, including the Frio, South Llano and Guadalupe rivers and Clear Fork River Trinity
Rainbow trout can be caught in a variety of baits and lures. Depending on the level of experience and interest of a fisherman, they can be caught using simple and light tackle or on flies tied by hand with a rod. Other tips to keep in mind when trout fishing include arriving early at storage sites on storage days, keeping a safe and courteous distance from fishermen, keeping a variety of baits and lures nearby, and having ice available when harvesting Trout to keep the fish fresh.
TPWD began storing a total of 343,650 rainbow trout in Texas from November 26 until the beginning of March. Because rainbow trout cannot survive in Texas after winter, fishermen are encouraged to maintain their daily limit of five trouts. Rainbow trout is an attractive and tasty fish found in many restaurant menus, and fishermen can easily find recipes to prepare these fish online.
In Texas, children under 17 years of age fish for free, but a fishing license with a freshwater fishing endorsement is required for family adults. A fisherman fishing in a community fishing lake or from a pier, pier or jetty within a Texas state park may not use more than two sticks. The limit of bags throughout the state is five trout, except in parts of the Guadalupe River where special limits are in effect.
Dates and places are subject to change due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to check the 2019-2020 Trout Storage Program online before going fishing to confirm the storage date, check the fishing regulations and find other fishing tips from the winter trout fishing program.