Archive for January 24th, 2013

Angling: Using the Fishing Forecast

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Neighborhood Fishing

Neighborhood Fishing

This is Passport to Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine’s February digital fishing special offers freshwater and saltwater fishing forecasts compiled by Steve Lightfoot.

07— You won’t catch anything if you don’t go. The only way you can determine for certain that you will or will not catch anything is by casting a line.

Lightfoot, a wildlife & fisheries information specialist, used input from fisheries biologists to craft the forecast. He said for the best success — you can’t go wrong with rainbow trout.

16— Our community fishing lakes and some of the other hot spots around the state that we stock in winter with rainbow trout, offer a wonderful opportunity to take novices out… children… families…. These fish are stocked with the purpose and intent for people to go catch them, take them home, and eat them.

Lightfoot recommends using the fishing forecast as a planning guide…especially for coastal angling.

22— If you’re planning a trip to the coast, you want to make sure that you’ve got as much information as you can so that you can prepare for what species are most abundant. For example, our biologists are seeing a lot of black drum, a lot of sand trout showing up in our bay systems. So, these are overlooked species
that anglers should possibly try and target if they’re planning a trip to the coast.

Find the forecast in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine’s digital fishing special online this month at

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series…and funds rainbow trout stocking in Texas… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.