Local anglers will have an opportunity next month to land a rainbow trout, thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
For the third year in a row, the agency has announced it intends to add thousands of trout to neighborhood lakes in Rockwall and in nearby communities, as well as in several state parks throughout Texas.
In Rockwall, the TPWD intends to release 2,000 trout at the Harry Myers Park southeast pond on Feb. 7.
The release from the TPWD said rainbow trout can be caught on a variety of baits and lures, from simple, light tackle or on hand-tied flies using a fly rod.
Rainbow trout are typically found in more northern and colder states and are unable to survive in Texas after the winter.
Anglers will have a daily bag limit of five trout.
In Texas, children under 17 fish for free, but a fishing license with a freshwater fishing endorsement is required for adults in the family. An angler fishing in a Community Fishing Lake or from a dock, pier or jetty within a Texas state park may use no more than two poles.
The stocking schedules, which are subject to weather conditions and other issues, also includes 2,000 trout for Ablon Park Pond in Garland on Feb. 5; and a total of 3,160 trout for the Mesquite City Lake on Jan. 22 and Feb. 19. However, the Mesquite City Lake is currently closed due to a blue-green algae bloom and the Rainbow Trout stockings will resume once the bloom has stopped.
Additional information on the trout stocking schedule is available at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml?s=o.