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Texas Winter Freshwater Trout Fishing
Texas is is not exactly a freshwater trout fishing mecca, but there are times and places you can do pretty good. Almost all trout fishing is a put and take stocking program by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPWD does an absolutely wonderful job in maintaining fishery programs in Texas. You can read the entire trout stocking list here, but I'll tell you about a few good spots.
The Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake has the only reliable year round trout fishing in Texas . There is free trout fishing access in the tail race area just below the dam and at Camp Huaco Springs from Dec. 2, until Feb. 5, 2012. Trout are stocked at these and several other locations. Be aware that there are special regulations for trout from the bridge at FM Road 306 downstream to the bridge above Huaco Springs. Fish may be caught only by artificial lures, with a daily bag limit of one and an 18 inch minimum size. There are several paid fishing areas along the river. Just follow River Road all the way down to New Braunfels.
Ascarate Park is a 280 acre public use park located in the dry west Texas city of El Paso. The 48 acre Ascarate Lake is well stocked with winter trout.
Blanco State Park is great for winter trout fishing. The park is about a hundred acres straddling the Blanco River and located in the small town of Blanco.
Elder Lake in Kilgore is very nice and well stocked with trout. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful tree shaded park. Redbud trees bloom during the season.
The Possum Kingdom Tailrace is well stocked with trout several times during winter. A bonus here is that you might hook up with a big striper while stalking pan sized trout.
Tyler State Park consists of 985 acres surrounding a beautiful tree lined spring fed 64 acre lake. Trout stocking occurs several times during the winter.
Stocked trout are generally in the nine to eleven inch range, pan size and great eating. The trout feed aggressively and fight hard. I use ultra light tackle. Any pan fish rig will work fine. Many people fly fish. Wooly Boogers work pretty good, possibly because of their resemblance to feed pellets. I normally use inline spinners, Bitsy Minnows, corn, cheese, and salmon eggs. Crappie Bites in the one ounce jars are convenient and work very well.
Gerald is an outdoor sportsman who travels and explores by land and water through mountain forest, rocky foothills, and shifting sand dunes. His goal is to leave no road, trail, or river unexplored. In his spare time Gerald designs and builds wood composite kayaks and canoes.
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