If you love to fish, you’ve got to be looking forward to November 25th when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department starts to stock Rainbow Trout in lakes, rivers and other bodies of water all across Texas.

TPWD’s rainbow trout Program Director, Carl Kittel says...the “TPWD stocks catchable sized fish during winter months to create angling opportunities throughout Texas. 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. Our winter rainbow trout program has been a favorite with anglers for over forty years.”

The TPWD’s plan is to stock well over 330,000 rainbow trout in Texas between November 25th and March 5, 2021. Anglers are encouraged to keep up to their daily bag limit of five trout because rainbow trout cannot survive in Texas after winter.

An added bonus for anglers is that you can fish in Texas State Parks for free without a fishing license. In Texas, children under 17 can fish for free, but a fishing license with a freshwater fishing endorsement is required for adults.

The dates and locations for stocking the Rainbow trout are subject to change due to  unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to check the 2020-21 Trout Stocking Schedule online before you go fishing to confirm the stocking dates.

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