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Neighborhood Fishin’ is Fun for the Whole Family

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Texas Parks & Wildlife 2014-15 rainbow trout stocking schedule released.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) Neighborhood Fishin program provides close-to-home fishing opportunities by working with local governments to stock small neighborhood lakes with catfish and rainbow trout. Due to Texas’s hot summers, sensitive rainbow trout can only survive during the winter months. TPWD has released a stocking schedule to ensure that all the trout are caught.

Since Texas anglers may be new to targeting rainbow trout, here are a few tips to help you succeed.

1. Show up early on stocking day

Trout are known to be easy to catch and great to eat. This makes them pretty popular and might cause them to disappear quickly in a stocked lake.

2. Use light tackle for the best chance at a bite and best fight when you get one

  • Use light to ultra light rods
  • Use 4-10 pound test line smaller line is harder to see
  • Avoid large snap swivels wire leaders weights and big hooks as much as possible

3. Hatchery raised trout feed on many types of natural and prepared foods

  • Meal worms
  • Crickets
  • Kernel corn
  • Cheese balls

4. Small lures will work too

  • spoons
  • in-line spinners
  • curly tail jigs
  • tiny crankbaits

 5. Use simple rigging

  • Small hook below a splitshot weight (optional small bobber can be added)
  • small dropshot setup

For more tips check out Winter Trout Stocking Program Angling Tips from TPWD.

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The winter trout stocking program provides an excellent opportunity for cool weather fishing with the whole family, and may be just the thing to kickstart a lifelong passion for adults and children alike.

Whether you’re a veteran angler or a newbie, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

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Neighborhood Fishin’ is Fun for the Whole Family