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Rainbow trout back just in time for winter fishing

Rainbow trout back just in time for winter fishing

Cooler weather is here, and with it, great fishing opportunities. 

Rainbow trout stocking season is here, and several areas of the Brazos River basin are expected to be included in the stocking schedule beginning this month. 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stock rainbow trout in more than 100 locations across the state from late November to early March. The trout are reared in hatcheries and are 9 to 12 inches long. Rainbow trout are stocked during the wintertime because most Texas bodies of water are too warm for the fish. 

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There is a daily bag limit of 5 in any combination and no minimum length limit. Trout anglers will need a Freshwater Fishing Stamp, which is included in all freshwater license packages. Anglers under the age of 17 are not required to have a fishing license and do not need to purchase a stamp. 

Last year in the Brazos River basin, almost 10,000 rainbow trout were stocked at Possum Kingdom. Thousands more were stocked in Glen Rose, Buena Vista Park Lake, and several other areas of the basin. Overall, the 2018-2019 stocking season saw over 330,000 rainbow trout stocked in locations throughout Texas. 

Licenses and stamps are not required when fishing within a Texas state park. 

The schedule for 2019-2020 was released and there are over 25 counties in the Brazos River basin that will see rainbow trout.

To learn more about rainbow trout and where you can find this season’s locations, click here

Upper Basin (By Counties, City and Location)

  • Baylor - Seymour - Seymour Pond North (Dec. 4, Jan. 2)
  • Hale - Hale Center - Caudle (Dec. 8) 
  • Haskell - Haskell - Haskell City Park Pond (Jan. 21)
  • Hockley - Levelland - Beshears Lake (Dec. 3); Lobo Lake (Dec. 3)
  • Jack - Jacksboro - Fort Richardson State Park (Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9)
  • Johnson - Cleburne - Cleburne - Hulen Park (Jan. 19); Burleson - Bailey Lake (Dec. 2, Jan. 8)
  • Palo Pinto - Graford - Possum Kingdom Tailrace (Nov. 27, Dec. 19, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 14, Feb. 27)
  • Parker - Weatherford - Holland Lake Park (Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 6)
  • Shackelford - Abilene - Fort Griffin State Historic Site Pond 1 (Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 16) 
  • Taylor - Abilene - Cal Young Park Lake (Jan. 12, Feb. 4); Elm Creek Buffalo Wallow (Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 4) 

Central Basin (By Counties, City and Location) 

  • Bell - Belton - Nolan Creek (Dec. 21, Dec. 28); Harker Heights - Carl Levin City Park Pond (Dec. 18); Temple - Marvin Finn Pond-Sammon Park #2 (Dec. 8); Miller Park Pond (Dec. 8, March 1)
  • Bosque - Meridian - Meridian State Park (Jan. 9) 
  • Coryell - Copperas Cove - Copperas Cove City (Dec. 12, Feb. 16)
  • Erath - Stephenville - Stephenville Park Pond (March 1) 
  • Lampasas - Lampasas - W.M. Brook Park Lake (Dec. 16) 
  • McLennan - McGregor, Amsler Park (Dec. 12, Jan. 30); Waco - Buena Vista Park Lake (Nov. 27, Dec. 13, Dec. 27, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 6); Nora Pond (Dec. 11, Feb. 2)
  • Somervell - Glen Rose - Glen Rose Town Lake (Dec. 4, Jan. 8); Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park (Feb. 17)

Lower Basin (By Counties, City and Location)

  • Brazos - College Station - Central Park Pond #1 (Nov. 7, Dec. 12, Dec. 27 Jan.10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 6); Cy Miller Pond (Jan. 21); John Crompton Park Pond (Jan. 16)
  • Brazoria - Pearland - Centennial Park Pond (Jan. 22); West Columbia - First Capitol Park Pond (Dec. 11) 
  • Burleson - Caldwell - Davidson Creek Pond #1 (Feb. 5); Somerville - Bluestem Pond (Dec. 17) 
  • Lee - Somerville - Nails Creek Pond #1 (Dec. 17)
  • Leon - Centerville - Fort Boggy State Park (March 1) 
  • Limestone - Kosse - Kosse City Park Pond (Dec. 10); Mexia - Springfield (Jan. 26)
  • Robertson - Hearne - Hearne Eastside Park Pond (Feb. 22)

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