Needville, Texas – Brazos Bend State Park will host a Rainbow Trout Family Fishing Event on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15 from 7am to 5 pm each day. Over 1,000 catchable Rainbow Trout will be stocked into New Horseshoe Lake as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) annual trout stocking program.
Catching these hungry fish at Brazos Bend State Park can be easy, making the experience ideal for both novice anglers and kids. The fish will bite almost immediately after stocking and typically will take a variety of baits, from whole kernel canned corn or commercial soft bait to artificial flies and even small spinner baits.
Fishing gear can be as basic as an inexpensive rod and reel combo, a small plastic bobber, a fishing weight and a hook. If you don’t have fishing gear, a limited number of rod and reel setups will be available free of charge for use during the event. It’s also a good idea to carry along a pair of needle-nosed pliers to help remove hooks, and a five gallon bucket or small ice chest to keep your catch. Be sure to keep freshly caught trout on ice or refrigerated. Stingers are not recommended due to the possibility of theft by alligators.
Park Rangers will be available all day during the event to assist fisherman and to answer questions.
Fee fishing in all Texas State Parks will continuing this year. Park visitors do not need a fishing license while they’re fishing within the boundaries of a state park. All other regulations still apply.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages adults and youths to discover the excitement and joys of fishing while experiencing one of the state’s premier parks – Brazos Bend State Park. Anglers are required to pay the park’s entrance fee for the Rainbow Trout Fishing Event and follow all applicable fishing regulations. Rainbow trout anglers can keep five trout per day. There is no minimum length limit.