Trout fiishing time for Texas anglers
Hey folks, this is the first in a series of columns written by your Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries biologists here in San Marcos.Over the coming months, our fisheries management staff will aim to provide you with informative articles about fishing opportunities and cover various topics concerning our freshwater resources.
This time of year offers anglers a unique opportunity to catch rainbow trout. This species is non-native to Texas and its numbers are maintained by annual stocking. Trout prefer cooler water temperatures (less than about 70 F), which is why the stockings are limited to winter time.
Catching rainbow trout can be a lot of fun whether by fly rod, spinning rod or ultralight tackle. Tips on how to fish for trout can be found on the TPWD website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us
TPWD and our partners offer trout fishing opportunities via the statewide rainbow trout program and Neighborhood Fishin (NF). Typically, NF sites are stocked more frequently i.e., about every two weeks during the trout season. In addition, these sites are stocked with channel catfish every two weeks for the remainder of the year (except for August).
There are 15 NF locations around the state; Bullfrog Pond near Austin and Southside Lions Park in San Antonio are the closest to San Marcos. Details of the NF and iInformation on the ponds and river sections stocked under the statewide rainbow trout program is available at TPWD website.
The tailrace area of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam is considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Texas trout fishing opportunities. It has been stocked with rainbow trout since1966 and was recently ranked in the top 100 trout streams of the United States by Trout Unlimited due to the efforts of TPWD and partners such as Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Stocking schedule, special regulation, tailrace map, and other useful information can be accessed at TPWDs website.
With the exception of the special regulation zone of the Guadalupe River tailrace below Canyon Dam, there is a five-fish daily bag limit and no minimum size limit at all other trout stocking locations.
A freshwater fishing license is required for those anglers aged 17 and over. A resident freshwater package costs $30 and the trout stamp is already included. No fishing license is required when fishing within the boundaries of a Texas State Park. The 2012-2013 Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Annual (www.txoutdoorannual.com) contains the official rules and regulations for hunting and fishing in Texas.
We hope you can make the most of the trout fishing opportunities in this area.
If you have any questions, stop by the TPWD inland fisheries office at 505 Staples Road, San Marcos or call the number listed below.
You can also checkout our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries San Marcos) for the latest news.
Mukhtar Farooqi is a fisheries biologist with the TPWD. For more information about fishing opportunities and fisheries management, contact the San Marcos inland fisheries office at (512) 353 0072.