Few things excite an angler like the opportunity to catch a prized fish – especially the type of fish that it is rare to find in Texas waters. Throughout the Brazos River basin, there are still opportunities to land rainbow trout, but like many good things, this is a limited time offer.
Because rainbow trout thrive in cooler waters, it can be a rare treat for Texans to reel in the fish. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department continues to stock rainbow trout during February and early March in lakes and ponds from areas stretching from Abilene to the Greater Houston area in Sugar Land and Rosenberg.
Although there’s no minimum length for the trout you catch, there is a limit of five per day. You will also need to purchase a $5 freshwater fishing stamp if you don’t have one already (they are included with all freshwater license packages). Fishers age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license or the freshwater stamp.
Here is a list of places in the Brazos basin and the TPWD stocking dates:
- Buena Vista Park Lake in Waco, Feb. 17 and March 3.
- Central Park in College Station, Feb. 17 and March 3.
- Copperas Cove City Park, Feb. 18.
- Grover-Nelson Small Pond in Abilene, Feb. 17 and March 3.
- Holland Lake Park in Weatherford, Feb. 21.
- Missouri City CPL: Feb. 17 and March 3.
- Nora Pond in Waco, Feb. 19.
- Seabourne Park in Rosenberg, Feb. 19.
If you need directions to these locations or a list of locations outside the Brazos basin, go here.
To ask questions, call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Department in Austin at 800-792-1112. When you call, select option 4 and then option 7.