Time for a little ‘Neighborhood Fishin’’

May 4, 2013


I write every year about the trout stocking that starts in December, but now stocking of keeper-size channel catfish has begun for 15 selected bodies of water in Texas. This effort was to be completed last week.

Periodic additional stockings of channel catfish will take place every two weeks through the summer and fall, except during August, when high water temperatures may limit fish survival.

“This program called ‘Neighborhood Fishin’ aims to give Texas families a good place to fish close to where they live,” said Dave Terre, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s director of research and management for Inland Fisheries.

“We estimate that more than 50,000 people a year participate in the program, and more than half of those are children. Connecting kids to the outdoors through fishing makes them happier and healthier, and they do better in school. Outdoor lifestyles also strengthen families.”

This program encourages people to harvest fish and take them home to eat. Channel catfish are stocked from April through October, and rainbow trout are stocked in winter months.

Kids under 17 fish for free. Adults require a fishing license with a freshwater stamp.

Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are managed as “put-and-take” fisheries. TPWD stocks fish that are big enough to catch and keep, and they are available for harvest as soon as they land in the water.

During summer and winter stocking seasons, these lakes are stocked every two weeks — so there should be a good supply of fish whenever you find time to visit.

TPWD stocks channel catfish in these lakes beginning the third week in April and continuing approximately every two weeks through early November, except during August. The department does not schedule stockings for that month because of the potential for heat-related water quality problems.

Catfish are attracted to strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs. Fishing is allowed with pole and line only. This means a rod & reel, fly rod, or cane pole. No more than two fishing poles per person is allowed except for the Oakes Street Lake in San Angelo.

Local sponsors play a key role in the Neighborhood Fishin’ program by providing funds to purchase additional fish beyond those made possible by statewide support from the Texas Bass Classic Foundation and the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program. Cities and counties where Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are located purchase some fish in addition to providing facilities at the sites.

Any organization interested in partnering with TPWD on the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program should contact Terre at (512) 389-4855. Areas close to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex include:

Greenbriar Park, Fort Worth, north of I-20, west side of Hemphill Street.

Greenbriar Community Center, Shane Mize, (817) 926-6214.

Chisholm Park, Hurst, from Highway 183 east of Fort Worth, go north on Norwood. After crossing Harwood, look for park on east side of road.

Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, Susan Andrews, (817) 788-7300.


There is great news about the fishing on Lake Granbury. The crappie, sand bass and black bass angling is exceptional in many areas of the lake. Crappie reports are best from deCordova to Indian Harbor.

Sand bass are being caught all over the lake. The black bass anglers are reporting good catches near spawning beds.

The best news of all is that they had an overage of striper fry at the hatchery. They put in over 400,000 fry into Lake Granbury last week.

The striper fingerlings are growing at the hatchery, and those will be put in our lake in a few weeks.

Now all we need is some rain. Water temperatures are rising into the upper 60s.

Squaw Creek continues to produce good catches of black bass to 7 pounds. Most fish are post-spawn due to the elevated water temperatures at this power plant lake.

Whitney sand bass fishing continues to be good as well. About 600,000 striper fry were also placed into Whitney about a week ago.

I spent two days on Benbrook last week, and the spring-time action for sand bass and hybrids are good on live bait and slabs. Benbrook levels are increasing due to the lake being artificially filled from Richland Chambers reservoir with pumps.

Bridgeport is also boasting with reports of good catches of hybrids and sand bass. However, Bridgeport Lake is almost too low to get on.

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