As spring approaches and the number of cold days left in winter declines, so too will the opportunity for a chance to catch rainbow trout in the Brazos River basin. While most of the rainbow trout stocking for the current season has already taken place, there are still several places throughout the basin where avid anglers have the chance to land one of these prized fish without leaving the state.
Because rainbow trout thrive in cooler water, they rarely endure summer water temperatures in the Brazos basin. Only in the Guadalupe Mountains do rainbow trout survive year-round in the Lone Star State.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began stocking rainbow trout at various locations throughout the state in November. While most of the trout stocking events have already taken place, there are still a few opportunities in the basin that remain for you to catch a rainbow trout.
For the entire 2017-2018 rainbow trout release season, TPWD plans to release a total of 300,000 fish. Many of the locations are at urban ponds and lakes, to give an opportunity for the largest number of fishers to land a prized rainbow trout.
Those wanting to fish will need a $5 freshwater fishing stamp with their Texas fishing license, which can be purchased online or at various outdoor and sporting goods locations. No license is required for children ages 17 and younger.
The Brazos basin locations, and the date they are scheduled to be stocked, include:
- American Legion Park in Missouri City, to be stocked on March 2.
- Buena Vista Park Lake I Waco, to be stocked Feb. 16 and March 2.
- Central Park Pond in College Station, to be stocked Feb. 16 and March 2.
- Fort Griffin State Historical Park Pond in Abilene, to be stocked Feb. 14.
- Grover-Nelson Small Pond in Abilene, to be stocked Feb. 16 and March 2.
- Holland Lake Park in Weatherford, to be stocked Feb. 13.
- Miller Park Pond in Temple, to be stocked March 4.
- Missouri City Community Park Lake, to be stocked Feb. 16 and March 2.
- Possum Kingdom Tailrace in Graford, to be stocked Feb. 22.
- Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg, to be stocked Feb. 18.
Because of weather conditions or other factors, rainbow trout release dates are subject to change. A list of all locations in Texas, with some directions provided, can be found here.