A good friend of mine, my Compadre, an outdoor enthusiast, told me about the Rainbow Trout Stocking information the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has on their website.
Every year the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stocks rainbow trout across the state in various lakes and ponds. According to the TPWD website, this year they are expected to stock 287,663 trout across the state. If you are like me catch nothing but a tan and buzz when you go fishing, this information could be extremely useful. Also, if you have a kiddo that is under 17 years of age, they do not need a license to fish.
Austin Area Stocking Locations and Dates:
- Austin – Bullfrog Pond [Directions] – 896 – 11/25/2015, 12/12/2015, 12/23/2015, 1/8/2016, 1/22/2016, 2/5/2016, 2/19/2016, 3/4/2016
- Austin – Camp Mabry (Upper and Lower Ponds) [Directions] – 1175 – 12/1/2015, 1/17/2016
- Austin – Kingfisher Lake [Directions] – 1792 – 11/25/2015, 12/12/2015, 12/23/2015, 1/8/2016, 1/22/2016, 2/5/2016, 2/19/2016, 3/4/2016
- Austin – Mueller Lake Park [Directions] – 2300 – 2/28/2016
Round Rock Stocking Locations and Dates:
- Round Rock – Shirley McDonald Park Pond – 350 – 1/19/2016
Georgetown Stocking Locations and Dates:
- Georgetown – Blue Hole Park Lake [Directions] – 1250 – 1/15/2016
- Georgetown – San Gabriel Park [Directions] – 1250 – 12/12/2016
For a full list of locations and dates and maps visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml?s=c
If you are hesitant about going out and fishing or you haven’t fished in the past, the TPWD has some tips and tricks on its website and a short how-to guide: Winter Trout Stocking Program Angling Tips By: Marcos J. De Jesus and it can be found HERE.
- Trout anglers will need the $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp, which is included in all freshwater license packages. Anglers under 17 years of age are not required to have a license and don’t need to purchase a stamp. More about fishing licenses and stamps.
- No Minimum Length Limit; Daily Bag = 5 trout
- An angler fishing in a Community Fishing Lake (CFL) or from a dock, pier or jetty within a Texas State Park may use no more than two poles.
- Special limits are in effect on parts of the Guadalupe River.
For more information be sure and check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments website at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/
A quick fishing trip with the kiddos is super fun. The last time I took my oldest fishing he kept getting excited that he caught something but he kept reeling in leaves. This time when we head out we are hoping to actually catch a coupe of fish! Have fun and try and catch some fish!
About the author: Josh Rodriguez is a working father of 3, husband, and founder of TexasDadBlog.com, living in Austin, Texas. He loves making memories with his family and trying to figure out parenthood without a manual! “Why didn’t these kids come with instructions?” – Josh