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Cooler weather offers a chance to land rainbow trout

Cooler weather offers a chance to land rainbow trout

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As the weather turns cooler, a unique annual fishing opportunity is offered throughout the Brazos River basin and other parts of the state, as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers anglers the opportunity to catch a rainbow trout – something you don’t find every day in warmer climates such as Texas.

According to TPWD, the speckled fish gets its name for the pink to red stripe running along its side. Rainbow trout are a cool to cold water species and thrive in water that remains below 70 degrees. The record size for a freshwater rainbow trout is 31.27 pounds, while rainbows with access to the sea have been known to exceed 42 pounds.

Since the water in Texas is generally too warm for the fish to reproduce (rainbow trout eggs do best in water that is about 55 degrees), they are used in winter stocking events in Texas. The fish struggle to survive in warmer temperatures, so they are a perfect game fish for the state’s fall and winter seasons. Only in the waters of the Guadalupe Mountains do rainbow trout thrive year-round in Texas.

Locations in the Brazos River basin where rainbow trout will be available include:

  • American Legion Park in Missouri City, a total of 1,700 fish, to be stocked on Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 2.
  • Amsler Park in McGregor, a total of 1,200 fish, to be stocked on Dec. 13 and Feb. 6.
  • Bates Allen Park 2 in Rosenberg, a total of 1,100 fish, to be stocked on Jan. 4.
  • Blue Hole Park Lake in Georgetown, a total of 1,250 fish, to be stocked on Jan. 18.
  • Blue Ridge Park Pond in Missouri City, a total of 750 fish, to be stocked on Jan. 3.
  • Bluestem Pond in Somerville, a total of 500 fish, to be stocked on Dec. 14.
  • Buena Vista Park Lake in Waco, a total of 896 fish, to be stocked Nov. 22, Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2.
  • Cal Young Park Lake in Abilene, a total of 2,076 fish, to be stocked Dec. 8, Jan. 5 and Feb. 2.
  • Carl Levin City Park Pond in Temple, a total of 1,200 fish, to be stocked Dec. 14 and Jan. 24.
  • Caudle in Hale Center, a total of 1,200 fish, to be stocked Dec. 3.
  • Central Park Pond No. 1 in College Station, a total of 1,792 fish, to be stocked Nov. 22, Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2.
  • Cleburne-Hulen Park in Cleburne, a total of 1,500 fish, to be stocked Dec. 17.
  • Copperas Cove City Park, a total of 1,000 fish, to be stocked Feb. 17.
  • Eldridge Park Pond in Sugar Land, a total of 1,000 fish, to be stocked Jan. 24.
  • First Capitol Park Pond in West Columbia, a total of 500 fish, to be stocked Dec. 13.
  • Fort Griffin State Historical Park Pond 1 in Abilene, a total of 700 fish, to be stocked Dec. 13, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.
  • Glen Rose Town Lake, a total of 2,000 fish, to be stocked Dec. 6 and Jan. 4.
  • Grover-Nelson Small Pond in Abilene, a total of 2,268 fish, to be stocked Nov. 22, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2.
  • Hearne Eastside Park Pond, a total of 1,000 fish, to be stocked Dec. 12.
  • Holland Lake Park in Weatherford, a total of 1,928 fish, to be stocked Dec. 1, Dec. 18, and Feb. 13.
  • Jones Creek Ranch Park in Richmond, a total of 350 fish, to be stocked Jan. 4.
  • Kitty Hollow Lake in Missouri City, a total of 1,100 fish, to be stocked Jan. 4.
  • Marvin Finn Pond-Sammons Park in Temple, a total of 425 fish, to be stocked Dec. 15.
  • Meadows Place City – The Lake, a total of 850 fish, to be stocked Dec. 7.
  • Meridian State Park in Meridian, a total of 2,000 fish, to be stocked Jan. 11.
  • Miller Park Pond in Temple, a total of 1,175 fish, to be stocked Dec. 18 and March 4.
  • Missouri City C.P.L., a total of 1,896 fish, to be stocked Nov. 22, Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2.
  • Nails Creek Pond No. 1 in Somerville, a total of 500 fish, to be stocked Dec. 14.
  • Nolan Creek in Belton, a total of 1,800 fish, to be stocked Dec. 16 and Dec. 30.
  • Nora Pond in Waco, a total of 2,500 fish, to be stocked Dec. 3 and Feb. 4.
  • Possum Kingdom Tailrace in Graford, a total of 9,000 fish, to be stocked Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Dec. 28, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, and Feb. 22.
  • San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, a total of 1,250 fish, to be stocked Dec. 9.
  • Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg, a total of 500 fish, to be stocked Feb. 18.
  • Shirley McDonald park Pond in Round Rock, a total of 500 fish, to be stocked Jan. 16.
  • Springfield in Mexia, a total of 1,000 fish, to be stocked Jan. 28.
  • WM Brook Park in Lampasas, a total of 600 fish, to be stocked Dec. 15.

Dates of rainbow trout releases are subject to change because of weather and other factors. For a complete list of rainbow trout stocking locations in Texas, with some directions provided, visit here.  

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