Fishing: Winter Trout Stocking


Man holding rainbow trout.

Rainbow trout in hand.

This is Passport to Texas

We’re heading into the holiday season; what better way to celebrate than with rainbows – rainbow trout, that is.

13— We do winter stockings when the water temperatures permit it, to provide an opportunity for anglers to catch trout in Texas. It’s a species of fish that anglers wouldn’t catch otherwise, so we stock them, and we intend them all to be caught out during the season.

Carl Kittle is a program director for Inland Fisheries. Drought had an impact on lake levels statewide over the past two years, but things are looking up in 2014.

13 – This year, things are pretty well back to normal. It’s very dry out west, but it looks like our normal level of stocking with our usual yearly increase. In fact, we expect to stock over 140 sites this year.

Texas Parks and Wildlife plans to distribute approximately 290,000 rainbow trout amongst the various locations, including urban neighborhood fishin’ holes.

07 – We publish a schedule on the Texas parks and Wildlife Department webpage. Look for the winter trout stocking link.

Carl Kittle says we stock rainbows in winter because these fish cannot survive our hot summers. So, when you reel one in this winter, take it home and eat it.

The Wildlife and sport fish restoration program supports our series and helps to fund rainbow trout stocking in Texas…

We record our series at The Block House in Austin, Texas and Joel Block engineers our program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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