Guadalupe River, New Braunfels, Texas
As temperatures drop, a Texas winter tradition returns that's good news for local anglers.
In late November, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began stocking San Antonio and New Braunfels waters with the first installment of nearly 40,000 rainbow trout it will release over coming weeks.
A part of the Neighborhood Fishin'
program, which offers fishing opportunities in and around major Texas cities, TPWD plans to stock a total of 332,188 rainbow trout in Texas waters through March 5.
"Rainbow trout love cold water, can be caught on a variety of baits and lures (worms, power bait, corn, spinners, spoons, flies and more,) and are great to take home and eat," TPWD's Trout Program Director, Carl Kittel said in a press release. "Our winter rainbow trout program has been a favorite with anglers for over 40 years."
Ponds in San Antonio will be stocked with 20,000 trout. Those local fishing holes include Earl Scott Pond, Miller's Pond and Southside Lions Park. Stocking dates are Dec. 2, 17 and 23; January 7, 14, 21, 22 and 27; and February 19.
In New Braunfels, another 20,000 rainbow trout will be released at various locations along the Guadalupe River. Those include the dam at Guadalupe Park, Whitewater Camp, 4th River Road Crossing, 3rd River Road Crossing and Camp Hueco Springs. The New Braunfels-area stocking schedule includes Dec. 4, 11, 18, 23 and 31, and January 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Because rainbow trout are unable to survive in Texas after the winter, TPWD encourages anglers to keep up to their daily bag limit of five trout.
Visit the Department website
for more information on the winter stocking schedule and license requirements.