Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s popular rainbow trout stocking program kicked off Wednesday with the first deliveries of fish to lakes in the Neighborhood Fishin’ program.
Other stockings across the state can be viewed on line at the web site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml.
There are several areas close to Hood County where you can fish for trout. Stockings will continue until March, with some lakes being stocked every two weeks and others on a monthly basis. Channel catfish are stocked from April through October, and rainbow trout are stocked throughout the winter months.
“The reason for stocking some lakes on a monthly basis is to reduce losses of fish to resident cormorants,” said Dave Terre, TPWD’s chief of management and research. “We hope the less-frequent stockings will keep the birds from patterning our stocking activities and make more fish available for anglers. We will stock the same total number of fish, just less often.”
A 2012 survey indicated that more than 80,000 people take part in the Neighborhood Fishin’ program. Fish for the program are purchased partly with funds from the Texas Bass Classic Foundation (which is supported by the Toyota Texas Bass Classic) and from local partners.
“Regular stocking is a key component of the Neighborhood Fishin’ program, which helps increase fish-catching opportunities in small city park lakes close to where people live,” Terre said.
“Providing this opportunity is especially important to our youth and families, who may be new to fishing or just want to have some fun together outdoors. Our surveys show that nearly 50 percent of participants are kids or adults who are new to fishing.”
Anyone age 17 or older needs a fishing license to fish at the Neighborhood Fishin’ locations, and anglers can use no more than two poles while fishing. The bag limit for trout and channel catfish is five fish per day with no minimum length limit.
Below are the names and locations of area lakes in the Neighborhood Fishin’ program with the dates they are scheduled to be stocked with trout and the number of trout in parantheses. Keep in mind that weather or other problems could cause the dates to vary slightly. However, such frequent stocking means the fishing should be good any time you go:
Cleburne-Hulen Park (2,000), Dec. 11, Feb. 12.
River Park, Clear Fork Trinity River, Fort Worth (2,700), Jan. 2.
Rose Park, Mansfield (200), Dec. 4.
Meridian State Park (2,000), Jan. 8.
Lewisville Tailrace, Elm Fork Trinity River, Lewisville (4,000), Dec. 13, Jan. 17.
Holland Lake Park, Weatherford (600), Jan. 15, Feb. 13.
Hurst Chisholm Park (1,896), Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 21.
Fort Richardson State Park, Jacksboro (2,850), Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 20, Feb. 16.
Frisco Commons Pond (3,000), Feb. 9.
Glen Rose Town Lake (2,000), Dec. 4, Jan. 2.
Greenbriar Park, Fort Worth (1,896), Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 27, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7.
Lakeside Park, Duncanville: Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 27, Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7.
Mesquite City Lake, Mesquite: Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 21.
South Lakes Park Pond, Denton: Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 27, Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7.
HOOD COUNTY FISHING REPORT
Unfortunately, the lake did not catch much runoff and is still about 9 feet low. Water temperatures have fallen into the upper 50s. Not many folks ventured out in the cold snaps with the north wind and the ice. The sand bass fishing however continues to be good on slabs.
Cold weather brings in the anglers to Squaw Creek (power plant lake) due to the warm water year-round. Bass anglers are catching some good fish to 7 pounds, but the numbers of black bass are not as good according to a couple of sources. The Tilapia, I am told, continue to be good to 3 pounds on worms.
Hybrid and striper fishing is picking up on area lakes. Lewisville and Benbrook have good action on jigs. Texoma action is the best for stripers if you can make the trip up there.
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