The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced its schedule for stocking rainbow trout at locations throughout the state, including several in the Brazos River basin.
Rainbow trout are not native to the state, so being able to catch them is a rare treat in Texas. The state’s waters are too warm to sustain trout for most of the year, so seasonal stocking by TPWD offers the only option for people to catch the fish locally.
There is no minimum length to keeping fish caught, but fishers are limited to five trout per day. Also, someone fishing in a community fishing lake or from a dock, pier or jetty within a Texas State Park is allowed to use no more than two fishing poles.
Those fishing for rainbow trout will need a $5 freshwater fishing stamp, which is included with all freshwater license packages. Children younger than 17 are not required to have a license and also do not need to purchase the freshwater stamp.
Places and days for rainbow trout stocking are subject to change, depending on weather conditions or other factors. The current schedule includes the following sites in the Brazos basin:
- American Legion Park in Missouri City, 1,400 trout; Jan. 6 and Feb. 3.
- Amsler Park in McGregor, 1,500 trout; Dec. 14 and Feb. 7.
- Bates Allen Park 2 in Rosenberg, 1,125 trout; Jan. 3.
- Blue Ridge Park Pond in Missouri City, 750 trout; Jan. 4.
- Breshears Lake in Levelland, 900 trout; Dec. 7.
- Buena Vista Park Lake in Waco, 1,896 trout; Dec. 9, Dec. 14, Dec. 23, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3 (some were also stocked Nov. 23).
- Cal Young Park in Abilene, 1,776 trout; Jan. 13 (some were also stocked Nov. 23).
- Carl Levin City Park Pond, Temple, 1,250 trout; Jan. 15 and Jan. 25.
- Caudle in Hale Center, 1,200 trout; Dec. 4.
- Central Park 1 in College Station, 1,792 trout; Dec. 9, Dec. 23, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3 (some were also stocked Nov. 23).
- Cleburne-Hulen Park in Cleburne, 1,500 trout; Dec. 18 and Feb. 8.
- Copperas Cove City Park in Copperas Cove, 1,000 trout; Feb. 18.
- Eldridge park Pond in Sugar Land, 750 trout; Jan. 25.
- First Capitol Park Pond in West Columbia, 1,000 trout; Dec. 7.
- Glen Rose Town Lake in Glen Rose, 2,000 trout; Dec. 7 and Jan. 5.
- Grover-Nelson Small Pond in Abilene, 2,368 trout; Dec. 9, Dec. 23, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3 (some were also stocked Nov. 23).
- Hearne Eastside park Pond in Hearne, 1,000 trout; Dec. 13.
- Holland Lake Park in Weatherford, 500 trout; Dec. 19 and Feb. 21.
- Kitty Hollow Lake in Missouri City, 1,125 trout; Jan. 3.
- Lobo Lake in Levelland, 900 trout; Dec. 7.
- Meadows Place City Lake in Meadows Place, 700 trout; Dec. 7.
- Meridian State Park in Meridian, 3,000 trout; Jan. 12.
- Miller Park Pond in Temple, 1,000 trout; Dec. 20 and Feb. 7.
- Missouri City CPL in Missouri City, 2,896 trout; Dec. 9, Dec. 10, Dec. 23, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3 (some were also stocked Nov. 23).
- Nolan Creek in Belton, 1,800 trout; Dec. 17 and Dec. 31.
- Nora Pond in Waco, 1,500 trout; Dec. 18 and Feb. 19.
- Possum Kingdom Tailrace in Graford; 9,000 trout; Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 17, Jan. 31 and Feb. 14.
- San Gabriel Park in Georgetown; 1,250 trout; Dec. 10.
- Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg, 1,135 trout; Feb. 19.
- Shirley McDonald Park Pond in Round Rock, 500 trout; Jan. 17.
- Springfield Park in Mexia, 1,000 trout; Jan. 31.
- WM Brook Park in Lampasas, 500 trout, Dec. 4.
Directions to the fishing spots, tips for catching trout and a list of other trout stocking locations in Texas but outside the Brazos basin can be found here.
For more information, contact the TPWD Inland Fisheries Department in Austin at 1-800-792-1112, select 4, then select 7.