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‘Tis the Season for Rainbow Trout… in Texas?

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments are stocking rainbow trout in 18 lakes across the state.

Texas anglers may have extra reason to celebrate this Christmas. Over the next few months, Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments (TPWD) will be stocking over a quarter million rainbow trout in various lakes, ponds, and rivers. The TPWD is hoping the stockings will provide fishing enjoyment all winter long.

According to Carl Kittel, hatchery program director for TWPD, most Texas water is too warm for trout during the summer. It’s for that reason that TWPD has been hosting the winter stocking of Texas waterways with rainbow trout since 1970.

Many of the lakes and ponds receiving the stocking are in local community parks that offer family friendly, easy access to fishing.

Kittel suggests, “The hatchery-reared fish will bite almost immediately after stocking and typically will take a variety of baits, from whole kernel canned corn or commercial soft bait to artificial flies and even small spinnerbaits.”

Certain restrictions, albeit a limited number, apply to the trout fishing. Anglers are allowed to bag five trout per day. There is no length requirement. A complete listing of stocking dates and locations is available here.

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‘Tis the Season for Rainbow Trout… in Texas?