Texas Winter Trout Fishing
Rainbow trout in the Texas Hill Country. Well it’s not just in the Texas hill country. The state of Texas stocks rainbow trout all over the place. City ponds, rivers, lakes, and just about anywhere they can drop them. Stocking typically starts around mid October and runs through early March. Bullfrog Pond, the Guadalupe River, Blue Hole Park Lake, and Blanco State Park are just a few of the locations for the 300,000+ rainbow trout to be released this season. So why is the trout season in the Winter? In Texas it’s the best time of the year for the non native species. They can thrive in the the cold water for a little while, in a few places where the water is cold from dam water, they can live from year to year.
Check out The State of Texas website for Rainbow Trout Stocking
Top Spots for Rainbow Trout Fishing
The Guadalupe River
The Guadalupe River just south of the Canyon Lake Dam is our favorite hot spot for Trout and fly fishing in the region. Guided trips run about $500 for two people to float the river on a nice raft with and experienced fishing guide and gear. For those DIYR’s looking to paddle the river you must first make arrangements for your pull out location before anybody up river will let you launch and leave your car. The entrance to the river at the Canyon Lake dam is free and open to the public and you can fish from the bank with or without waders. For the high rollers there are many nice homes available with River Access on Air B and B. Lazzy L Campground is a good place to fishing from the bank if you are willing to pay a few dollars for a day pass to the grounds.
One of the bigger festivals that is coordinated with a trout stocking. It’s held near Llano at the James River Crossing and takes place around early February. Camping, Live Music, and Fly Fishing demos are all available on the fun menu.
Small Ponds in Austin
We have been to Bullfrog Pond in East Austin and didn’t catch a thing. Our trip was just a few days after the Texas Wildlife stocking, so we maybe didn’t get there before all the trout were taken. They also stock a pond near Camp Mabry