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Grayson County trout bottoms announced for 2021-22 season

With the arrival of November a few weeks ago, the 2021-22 trout season has been inaugurated on the north shore of the Red River.

So far, early reports of Blue River trout fishing near Tishomingo indicate anglers are finding excellent rainbow trout fishing in Johnson County, Oklahoma.

In fact, it’s a good Thanksgiving holiday activity to consider for the family in the coming days, as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports strong angling prospects on the Blue River in this moment.

This is true for conventional anglers using inline spinnerbaits (Mepp style) as well as PowerBaits and 1/8 oz slow rollers. gold spoons. If you’re a fly fisherman heading to the Blue River during a Turkey vacation, consider midges designs, caddis dry flies, and just about any nymph design with rubber legs.

If you are on the south side of the Red River in Texas, you will have to wait another holiday until the first trout bottoms take place. That’s because the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s annual trout bottoms – announced a few days ago – won’t arrive here in the Denison and Sherman areas until the middle of next month.

When these trout storage trucks finally arrive in Grayson County in mid-December, the first is Pottsboro Lake, a small body of water where 1,100 trout will be stored on December 14, 2021.

Next up is Denison’s Lake Waterloo Park Pond, where a total of 5,136 rainbow trout will be stocked in four different plantings this trout fishing season. The first low is December 17, 2021, followed by three lows early next year on January 9, 2022; another on January 30, 2022; and the last on February 27, 2022.

And finally, this latest date is also when Sherman embarks on trout fishing with the last storage in the area this winter taking place at Pebblebrook Community Park Pond.

According to a press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, these local Grayson County downs are all part of TPWD’s overall plan to stock a total of 352,563 rainbow trout in Texas this season. Unless there are supply problems in hatcheries or severe winter conditions, the Austin agency indicates that these restockings will take place from November 24, 2021 to March 6, 2022.

“TPWD stores catchable-sized fish during the winter months to create angling opportunities throughout Texas,” Carl Kittell, director of TPWD’s rainbow trout program, said in the statement. Press. “Rainbow trout love cold water, can be caught on a variety of baits and lures (worms, commercially available pasta, corn, wringers, spoons, flies, etc.) and are ideal for take out and eat at home. Our rainbow trout winter program has been a favorite with anglers for over forty years.

In addition to the local waters mentioned above, TPWD will also store trout in a few cold water leak channels around the state. These include the Tailrace Canyon on the Guadalupe River downstream from Canyon Lake and the Possum Kingdom Tailrace on the Brazos River downstream from Possum Kingdom Lake.

These places have fresh water supplies year round and offer excellent conditions for trout fishing in late fall, winter and early spring. In fact, in the Guadalupe River, near New Braunfels, there are often trout which are able to survive even during the hot summer months, fish which are sometimes caught by anglers braving the peak season. tubing on the popular Central Texas River.

Because trout are unable to survive past the winter months in almost all of Lone Star State – trout generally need water temperatures below 60 degrees to survive – TPWD says anglers are encouraged to respect their daily limit of five trout.

Since rainbow trout is an attractive and tasty fish, few anglers have to get their arms twisted by TPWD to keep a few for the table.

Easily dressed with a simple pocket knife or fillet knife, anglers can easily find trout recipes on websites such as the TPWD website (, Outdoor Channel Plus (www. and Game and Fish Magazine ( to name a few.

How can you catch trout in any of the settings already mentioned? The websites mentioned above can help you with tips and educational articles, as well as the Fly Fisherman magazine website ( Practical advice is also available on the TPWD YouTube channel.

In general, simple, light gear – whether conventional or fly – is all that is needed to catch a few trout according to Kittell. Lightweight spinning equipment with small lures, teaspoons, line spinners, corn nuggets, PowerBait and earthworms will all produce for conventional anglers using a 4-6 pound monofilament test line and light hooks.

If you are a fly fisherman, you will need a 3 to 5 weight graphite fly rod, weight front float line, short monofilament or fluorocarbon leader that tapers to ‘to 4X or 5X tippet, and a selection of small flies like midge designs, nymphs designs, small streamers or small dry flies like caddis design. A big key here is to remember that fly fishing requires a lot of space to cast the back cast so it is best to stay away from the crowds and often good to avoid showing up on stocking day. .

If you plan on harvesting a few trout to eat, keep in mind that you will want to have a small YETI-style soft-sided or hard-sided cooler with fresh ice so you can keep the trout cool until. so you can get them home and dress them up for the dinner table.

Finally, make sure you are properly licensed before you go trout fishing this season. According to TPWD, in Texas, children under the age of 17 can fish for free, but a fishing license with a freshwater fishing visa is required for adults who wish to fish for trout.

And keep in mind that an angler fishing in a community fishing lake (like the pond in Waterloo Lake Park, for example) or from a dock, pier or jetty in a state park of Texas cannot use more than two poles.

Finally, remember that the statewide bag limit is five trout per angler, although there are exceptions on parts of the Guadalupe River where special limits are in effect.

The bottom line is that as the local trout bottom lift approaches and various fishing tournaments are planned in the three local communities mentioned above, it is time to get excited about fishing again!

And as the local winter trout bottoms approach, look for more in this space on when, where and how to experience ultra-light angling great fun during the 2021-22 trout fishing season. here in Texomaland.