Turkey and all parties aren’t the only ones to be stocked before Thanksgiving.
Area fishing enthusiasts looking to hit a lake on the long Thanksgiving vacation may have a bit more luck, as Texas Parks and Wildlife will load some regional lakes with fish.
This winter, from November to early March, the Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with participating cities and agencies, will stock 352,000 rainbow trout in more than 180 locations across Texas. This trout stocking program is designed to provide increased winter fishing opportunities for Texas anglers.
As part of this program, more than 25,000 of these trout make their way to 11 community fishing lakes in the Amarillo and Lubbock regions.
Stocking begins Wednesday, with 553 trout delivered to Medical Center Park South Lake in Amarillo. Since Medical Center Park South Lake is under a special program known as the Neighborhood Fishin ‘Program, it will be stocked approximately every two weeks with an additional 553 trout until March 4, 2022. Other Lakes in the Panhandle Region to stock include Lake Thompson Park in Amarillo, Southeast Park Lake in Canyon, Lake Meredith Stilling Basin, Caudle Lake in Hale Center, Brashear Lake and Lobo Lake in Levelland, Pampa City Park Lake, Lake Theo in Caprock Canyon State Park, Rita Blanca Kids Fishing Pond in Dalhart, 9th Street Park Lake in Lamesa and Lake Fryer near Perryton.
Rainbow trout are a very popular cold water game fish that provide an excellent winter fishing opportunity for anglers of all ages. These fish are appreciated both for their combat and their fine dining quality. While rainbow trout may best be caught in the early morning and late evening, any time of the day can produce excellent results. Fishing gear for these hungry trout can be as simple as a fishing rod or as sophisticated as a fly rod. Trout often have selective feeding habits and sometimes prefer a wide variety of lures and baits. Ultralight spinning equipment using a 4 to 6 pound test line and 1/32 to 1/8 ounce spinners works well. Dry or wet flies, teaspoons, and bucktail or feather jigs are also productive. There are many methods of catching trout, but baits such as whole kernel corn, cheese and salmon roe on a long shank hook (# 8 or smaller) are very effective for these fish reared in. hatchery. It’s also a good idea to wear a pair of needle nose pliers to help remove the hooks.
Anglers are reminded that community fishing lakes have special regulations for rainbow trout: the daily bag limit is 5 trout per day per person, and there is no length regulation. minimal on these small lakes. A valid Texas freshwater fishing license is required for anyone 17 years of age or older or not meeting another state
Only rod and line fishing is permitted in community fishing lakes. For more information on state and community level fishing regulations, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual 2021-2022 or the Texas Parks & Wildlife website at www.tpwd. texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/. You can also download the Outdoor Annual app for your smartphone or tablet.
For a complete list of Texas stocking locations and dates, visit our website at www.tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml. Also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TPWDInlandFisheriesTexasHighPlains to find out when local lows happen.