Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will begin its annual rainbow trout stocking Friday at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
Before the winter is over 14 spots around East Texas will receive the fish for the put-and-take fishery.
TPWD has been stocking the fish in public ponds around the state each winter since 1984. The list of lakes stocked includes Tyler State Park, one of the oldest sites on the list. The lake will receive a total of 4,000 fish again this year in two stockings, Dec. 5 and Feb. 5.
In recent years the fish have also been stocked in Tyler at both Faulkner and Woldert city parks.
“We know that Faulkner gets a lot of pressure. It probably has more to do with the access and the location right across the street from Gander Mountain,” said Richard Ott, TPWD Fisheries biologist.
Ott said Woldert is also popular with fishermen because of its amenities including a walking path around the lake and nearby restrooms. On the other hand, it is more difficult for fly fishermen to cast than at Faulkner.
Because of its popularity Faulkner will received a slight larger stocking. It is scheduled to be stocked with 2,100 trout on Dec. 12. Woldert will receive 1,500 fish the same day.
To fish for the trout on lakes outside state parks, fishermen 17 and older must have a Texas fishing license and $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp. Fishermen are not required to have a license to fish within a state park, however, normal admission will be charged.
Stocking locations: Athens, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Friday; Emory, Emory City Park, Feb. 16; Kilgore, Elder Lake, Dec. 19; Longview, Teague Park, Feb. 16; Mineola, Wyatt Pond, Feb. 9; Mount Pleasant, Bob Sandlin State Park, Dec. 18, Jan. 27 and Feb. 20; Nacogdoches, Lakeside Park Pond, Jan. 26; Pittsburg, Pittsburg City Lake, Dec. 19 and Feb. 23; Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs City Park, Feb. 2; Tyler, Faulkner and Woldert city parks, Dec. 12, Tyler State Park Dec. 5 and Feb. 5, The Nature Center, to be announced; White Oak, Penick Park Pond, Dec. 20 and Jan. 23; and Wills Point, Lake Tawakoni State Park’s Pair-a-Tree Pond, Feb. 23.