Local anglers will have another chance this winter to land a rainbow trout, thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
For the second 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.
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. The agency said it would be stocking a total of 343,650 rainbow trout in Texas from Nov. 26 through the beginning of March.
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, include 1,400 trout for Myers Park in Rockwall on Jan. 29; 1,000 trout for the Rowlett Community Park North Pone on Dec. 18; 2,250 trout for Ablon Park Pond in Garland on Jan. 30; and a total of 3,160 trout for the Mesquite City Lake on Nov., 27, Dec. 27, Jan. 24 and Feb. 21.
Additional information on the trout stocking schedule is available at tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml.