Rainbow trout are on their way back to East Texas, with the first stocking Wednesday at Woldert Park Lake, the department's Neighborhood Fishing Program lake in Tyler.
In time for the Thanksgiving break, another stocking will be Nov. 27 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
Through the winter months Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects to stock approximately 300,000 trout in 140 sites across the state. Several of those stockings will be in area lakes and ponds, including Tyler State Park and Tyler's Faulkner Park Lake.
Being a part of the NFP, Woldert will be stocked about every two weeks until Feb. 4. In all, more than 1,300 rainbow trout will be released into the lake.
Tyler State Park Lake will receive more than 3,800 trout this spring with the first release coming Dec. 2 and a second estimated for Jan. 19. Faulkner Park Lake will receive an estimated 2,100 fish Jan. 3.
The Tyler Nature Center will be stocked with a total of 2,000 trout in time for the annual Trails to Trout event Jan. 2 and 9.
Other area lakes being stocked include: Canton, Two-Acre Lake, Feb. 14; Chandler, Winchester Lake, Dec. 1, Jan. 17; Kilgore, Elder Lake, Dec. 16; Longview, Teague Park, Feb. 21; Mineola, Wyatt Pond, Feb. 14; Mount Pleasant, Bob Sandlin State Park, Dec. 17 and Feb. 1. and Heritage Park Lake, Dec. 17; Pittsburg, Pittsburg City Lake, Dec. 16 and Feb. 29; Wills Point, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Pair-a-Trees Pond.
TPWD warns that the stocking dates could be altered because of weather or other circumstances.
To fish for the trout on any of the lakes other than those within state parks, fishermen 17 years of age and older must have a valid freshwater fishing license as well as a freshwater stamp. The daily bag limit is five fish.
The winter trout program is popular with skilled fly fishermen as well as youngsters wanting to catch their first fish. It requires little equipment beyond a spinning reel and rod with light line, a bobber and baits running from inline spinners to whole kernel corn, marshmallows or commercial trout bait.
For more information go online to www.tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking.