Archive for January 3rd, 2008

Rainbow Trout Return to Texas

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish Restoration Program

San Juan Capistrano has its swallows, Hinckley, Ohio, has its buzzards, and Texas has its trout—rainbow trout. The annual arrival of the colorful fun-to-catch fish to lakes began last month [December], and continues through March.

We stock trout because we can provide one more unique fishing opportunity for anglers. And, we do it throughout a large part of the state, especially around cities and urban areas, where anglers have access.

Carl Kittel coordinates the trout-stocking program for Parks and Wildlife. Unlike the swallows of Capistrano and the buzzards of Hinckley that travel on their own steam, the rainbow trout of Texas are chauffeured to their destinations.

We get deliveries from late November all the way until late February. So it’s like a just in time inventory—and they move in and they move out.

Close to 275-thousand rainbow trout will find temporary refuge in Texas waters.

The purpose for stocking them and our expectation for those fish is that they will be fished out by anglers. So, we do not expect to create a fishery by stocking them, we just expect to create fishing opportunities.

We have a link to the rainbow trout stocking schedule on our website,

That’s our show…with support from the Sport Fish Restoration Program…which also helps fund winter trout stocking in Texas…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Trout Stocking Schedule