“Go Fish” at Lakeside Park

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Lakeside Park will be getting a fresh stock of rainbow trout starting the first of December, and continuing every two weeks until early March.

Each year the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks roughly 250,000, 9-12 inch hatchery-reared rainbow trout in more than 100 neighborhood and state park locations across Texas as a part of the annual stocking program. Locations such as Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Bullfrog Pond in Austin, Bob Sandlin State Park in Mt. Pleasant and Arena Park Pond in Marshall are some of the other locations used by the program in past years. The program occurs in the winter due to the cooler water temperatures in Texas water bodies.

While most of the popular locations will still get trout this year, stockings will be down about 10 percent from last year due to water level conditions at some sites, according to Todd Engeling, TPWD hatchery program director.

“Trout stockings will be down, but not as bad as we initially anticipated,” Engeling said. “Our popular stocking sites should remain the same as long as there is sufficient water and those sites without enough water may not receive stockings.”

There is no minimum length limit with a daily bag of five trout. When fishing at Lakeside Park you may use no more than two poles. You will need the $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp, which is included in all freshwater license packages. Anglers under 17 years of age are not required to have a license and don’t need to purchase a stamp.

For more information on this program you can visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife website, and for how-to-tips on trout fishing from the TPWD you can click here.