Austin, TX – Throw your rod and reel in the car and take the short drive to your local fishing hole, it’s time once again for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s annual winter rainbow trout stocking.
Each year TPWD stocks roughly 250,000, 9-12 inch hatchery-reared rainbow trout in more than 100 neighborhood and state park locations across Texas as a part of the annual stocking program. Locations such as Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Bullfrog Pond in Austin, Bob Sandlin State Park in Mt. Pleasant and Arena Park Pond in Marshall are some of the locations used by the program in past years. The program occurs in the winter due to the cooler water temperatures in Texas water bodies.
While most of the popular locations will still get trout this year, stockings will be down about 10 percent from last year due to water level conditions at some sites, according to Todd Engeling, TPWD hatchery program director.
“Trout stockings will be down, but not as bad as we initially anticipated,” Engeling said. “Our popular stocking sites should remain the same as long as there is sufficient water and those sites without enough water may not receive stockings.”
For the 2011-2012 trout stocking schedule broken down by city or county visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/troutstocking. For an inside guide for fishing rainbow trout, read the TPWD Winter Trout Stocking Program Angling Tips by Marcos J. De Jesus at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_rp_t3200_1692.pdf.