Texas Rainbow Trout Fishing - Community Lakes and Ponds

Welcome

Welcome to the Texas Rainbow Trout Fishing - Community Lakes Webpage, published for fishermen by fishermen.

We appreciate your support in our endeavor and would like to welcome you to our site.

Our team is based out of Allen, Texas, located in Collin County just North of Plano and Richardson and the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

We are avid fishermen, who enjoy fishing the local ponds and lakes in our area. Of interest are the community lakes in the Metroplex and the Rainbow Trout stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department each Winter.

The locations we fish vary based on the season; however, in Winter, we pay close attention to the Trout Stocking Schedule and fish the local community lakes within reasonable driving distance of our homes.

Our guiding principle is a commitment to the fishing experience by providing others with useful information about fishing in the area. In this instance, providing suggestions/tips on fishing the community lakes for Rainbow Trout.

Good Luck and Good Fishing!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Trout Stocking

COLLIN COUNTY

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's (TP&WD) Trout Stocking Program provides recreational fishermen an opportunity to fish for Rainbow Trout in the Lonestar State.

Each Winter, community lakes and ponds throughout Texas are stocked with hatchery-raised trout.

Closest to our team's home base is Collin County in which five community lakes are stocked annually. The community lakes are:

  • Bethany Park Pond C in Allen
  • Commons Pond in Frisco
  • City Hall Pond in Murphy
  • Towne Lake in McKinney
  • And, Frontier Park Pond in Prosper


Update: November 17, 2015

2015-2016 Trout Stocking Schedule is posted! For our area - Collin County, stockings in Allen, McKinney, Prosper, Frisco, and Murphy are planned this Season! Do checkout the videos below from past seasons!

Also, do check out our summary of fishing reports over the 2009-2013 Seasons - Field Study - Lures and Baits for Stocked Rainbow Trout.

Also, we will keep the section on day trips across the border to Oklahoma to the Blue River for our Readers' reference - "More COAF on YouTube Videos - "How about the Blue River, OK".

For more on fishing the Blue River (~2 hours from Dallas), checkout Blue River by Hughes Crossing: Suggested Areas for Rainbow Trout Fishing!


Trout Stocking in Collin County

First stocking in Collin County is usually Bethany Park Pond C in Allen. The stocking occurs mid-December with ~1,700 Trout released.

The next trout stocking is the Commons Pond in Frisco around the first/second week of February, depending on the weather, and has ~3,000 Trout released.

And then, the latter half of February is a Trout stocking at City Hall Pond in Murphy with ~2,600 Trout released.

Next, comes Towne Lake in McKinney with 6,000 Trout released late February or early March also depending on the weather.

Finally, it's the stocking in Prosper with ~2,500 Trout released in Frontier Park Pond (formerly Community Park Pond) around late February or early March.

For directions to the lakes and updated stocking schedules, click-on TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE.

Included in the link is the state-wide trout stocking schedule that should prove useful for those looking outside the county for other trout fishing opportunities.

Or, save a copy for those who are planning to travel over the holidays. There could be a trout fishing opportunity waiting at your travel destination.

The Rainbow Trout, stocked in Collin County, are raised by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.

The trout are panfish-size, typically running between 8" to 9". However, a 10" plus size trout can be taken.

No matter the size, the fishing is fun and the trout are great fighting on light tackle or flyfishing gear.

So, put the dates on your calendar and plan to stop by and fish for these scrappy fish this Winter!

FYI: The following sections detail community lakes and ponds in our area that we have fished. In some cases, Trout Stockings are no longer scheduled. Regardless, we provide info just in case they get a stocking in the future!

Locations in the Spotlight

BETHANY LAKES PARK

Bethany Lakes Park is located on the Northeast corner of the intersection of Allen Heights Drive and Bethany Drive in the city of Allen. It has several ponds, a fishing pier, a playground, picnic areas, and a Frisbee Golf Course.

The ponds contain Bluegill, Sunfish, Bass, Catfish, and Crappie. Bluegill and Sunfish are the prevalent fishes but Largemouth Bass are in fair enough number and size that they make things interesting.

Work the shallows for Bluegill and Sunfish early morning and evening in the Summer. Go for Bass by working shorelines in the Spring. In Winter, focus on the Rainbow Trout. For Catfish, any season is good with bread being a sure bet for a hook-up with one!

Bethany Lakes is a catch and release pond with exception of the Rainbow Trout. The catch and release regulation has been in effect for about three years. That said, the Bass seem to be doing well with 2-3 pounders caught and released regularly and an occasional 5-pounder observed. However, beware the Bass tend to stay "lock-jawed" during the spawn.

As for the Rainbow Trout, Bethany Lakes is the first of four community lakes to be stocked in Collin County. The trout are released in Pond C, also called the Upper Pond. And, with over 2,000 Rainbow Trout released, fishermen have an excellent chance to catch a limit of trout for the table. The daily bag limit for Rainbow Trout is five and requires a freshwater fishing licence. Also, anglers are limited to two fishing poles; new regulation for 2008.

So, take a break over the holiday's and make an effort to fish Bethany Lakes for a chance at Rainbow Trout!

LAKE LEWISVILLE ECOLOGICAL LEARNING AREA (LLELA)

Lake Lewisville Ecological Learning Area is located in Denton County and is a popular fishing spot for area fishermen.

Within its borders are Lake Lewisville's tailrace that feeds into the Trinity River. It also has hiking trails, primitive camping, and canoeing/kayaking, and a river that provides an excellent opportunity for Rainbow Trout and White Bass/Hybrids in the Winter.

In the heart of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, LLELA feels isolated from the urban sprawl. Its river contains Bluegill, Sunfish, Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Carp, and White Bass/Hybrid with the White Bass/Hybrids and Rainbow Trout being the main attraction in Winter. Work the tailrace for White Bass/Hybrids. Walk downriver and fish the river bends for Rainbow Trout.

LLELA is a research area used by the University of North Texas. So, be sure to heed the special regulations. Some that come to mind include:

  • No cast nets or fishing nets such as seines are allowed;
  • Area is open only Fri-Sun from 7AM to 5PM in the Winter;
  • And, access requires purchase of a day use fee.

Make an effort to fish Lake Lewisville Ecological Learning Area (LLELA) this Winter!

How to get there

From the South:

  • Drive north on I-35E through Lewisville
  • Exit Valley Ridge (east) to the stoplight at Mill Street
  • Turn left (north) on Mill Street and drive to Jones Street
  • Turn right (east) on Jones Street and proceed east until Jones dead-ends at the LLELA front gate, at the junction of Jones Street and N. Kealy Avenue

From the North:

  • Drive south on I-35E through Lewisville toward Dallas
  • Exit Valley Ridge (east) to the stoplight at Mill Street
  • Turn left (north) on Mill Street and drive to Jones Street
  • Turn right (east) on Jones Street and proceed east until Jones dead-ends at the LLELA front gate, at the junction of Jones Street and N. Kealy Avenue

WATERLOO PARK POND (Denison)

Waterloo Park Pond is located in the city of Denison (Grayson County). Small in size but big in action during the Winter Trout Stockings, it is a sure bet for Trout. Just heed the stocking schedule and target fishing trips to the pond within the first two weeks of a stocking. Better yet, plan trips within the first week of a stocking.

About 30 miles North of the Metroplex, Waterloo is distant enough to keep the crowds low which works out well as the pond is less than a 1/4 acre in size and looks more like an ornamental pond. It has sidewalks that border its shoreline and park benches.

When Trout fishing plan on bringing Corn, Bread, Cheese,and Salmon Eggs. Also, keep a supply of Powerbait in Orange and/or Chartruese. Fish the bottom with light tackle using the Carolina Rig described in the Tips Section.

We have on occasion taken Trout using fishing flies, Super Dupers, and Rooster Tails. But, have found that bait outfishes lures overall.

Check out Waterloo this Winter. If the Trout are not biting, then head to the larger lakes just South of the pond. Bass and Catfish are a good bet and back-up if the Trout decide to stay lockjawed.

Getting There!

From DFW:

  • Drive north on Hwy 75 and head to Sherman.
  • Pass through Sherman and continue to Denison.
  • As you near Denison, take Exit 69 and proceed to the feeder road.
  • Continue north on the feeder road to the intersection/overpass.
  • Make a right at the intersection onto W. Morton Street.
  • Proceed east on W. Morton Street for less than a 1/4 mile to an intersection.
  • Turn right (south) at the intersection onto Lillis Lane.
  • Proceed south on Lillis Lane for about a 1/2 mile to an intersection.
  • Turn left (east) at the intersection onto Crawford Street.
  • Proceed east on Crawford Street for about 3/4 miles an intersection.
  • Turn right (south) at the intersection onto Waterloo Lake Drive.
  • Proceed south on Waterloo Lake Drive for about a 1/4 mile.
  • The parking area to the park will be on you right.
  • Once in the parking area, you will see Waterloo Lake to the west and the pond to the north just past the boat ramp.

Towne Lake (McKinney)

Towne Lake is located in the city of McKinney (Collin County). It is comprised of a main lake and a small pond that are connected by a small channel.

The lake contains Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill and is another convenient get away for area fisherman in the Metroplex.

In Winter, action heats up with the Trout Stocking conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife and is kicked off by the Annual Trout Derby hosted by the city of McKinney.

Although the lake is large compared to the typical community pond, Trout are contained by netting to the back portion of the main lake, the small pond, and the channel. This greatly increases the chance at catching Trout and makes for a great time with the kids.

Suggested baits and lures vary each year. As a rule, bring Corn, Bread, Cheese,and Salmon Eggs. And, keep a supply of Powerbait in Orange and/or Chartruese. Fish the bottom with light tackle using the Carolina Rig described in the Tips Section.

Limits are the norm the first week of stocking. By the second week, plan to go early or late in the day/early evening as the bite slows mid-day. Be ready for light strikes giving line on the initial strike, and plan to set the hook quickly on the follow-up strike.

Getting There...Refer to Mapquest link to Towne Lake - McKinney.


COMMUNITY PARK POND A (Rowlett)

Note: Trout Stockings have been infrequent here; do check the current schedule to confirm one is planned for a given Season.

Community Park Pond A is located in the city of Rowlett (Dallas County) and is comprised of two small ponds that hold Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill.

It provides a convenient get away for area fisherman in the Metroplex. In Winter, action heats up with Trout Stockings conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Of the two ponds in the park, "Pond A" is the one to target for Trout. It is the pond with a fishing pier and is nearest the parking and picnic area.

As each year is a gamble when it comes to bait and lures to use, it is better to be prepared like the Boy Scouts motto.

Bring Corn, Bread, Cheese,and Salmon Eggs. And, keep a supply of Powerbait in Orange and/or Chartreuse. Fish the bottom with light tackle using the Carolina Rig described in the Tips Section.

Limits are the norm the first week of stocking. By the second week, plan to go early or late in the day/early evening as the bite slows mid-day. Be ready for light strikes giving line on the initial strike, and plan to set the hook quickly on the follow-up strike.

Getting There!

Refer to Mapquest Link Below.

Community Park - Rowlett

South Lakes Park Pond (Denton)

Here is a community lake located in Denton that is stocked regularly as part of the Texas Park and Wildlife "Neighborhood Fishing" Program. The Program provides for Trout stockings every two weeks starting in early December!

The lake has a pier, covered pavilion, and easy bank access. There are Bass, Catfish, and Buegill/Sunfish and most important Trout in the Winter! Also, the park has a playground that kids will enjoy and walking trails to exercise the feet if the bite slows down!

In past Seasons we noted the Trout appeared to be larger than the 9"-10" Stocker Trout. In the 2010-2011 Season, the Field Team fished the pond for the first time and confirmed that the Trout were larger - more on the 11"-12" size range with a few 13" and 14" Trout in the mix!

Overall, the Field Team noted that the pond offers an excellent opportunity to catch Trout; just be sure to fish the day of or soon after the biweekly Trout stockings!

Whitley Place Park (Prosper)

UPDATE: Prosper's Rainbow Trout Stocking changed from Whitley Place Park to Frontier Park for 2012!

Here is a neighborhood park located in Prosper that offers Rainbow Trout fishing in the Winter. First stocked in 2010 and stocked again in 2011, the park is situated in a subdivision that has several ponds.

Of the ponds in the subdivision, the pond with a covered pavilion and bridge is stocked with Trout by Texas Parks and Wildlife. It also is the site where the City of Prosper hosts a Youth Trout Derby to kick off the Trout Stocking!

Do check it out when you get an chance! For your reference, we have attached a link to the Team's "Places to Fish". Go to the "Whitley Place Park" entry to find the pond!

View COAF Field Team's "Places To Fish"! in a larger map

Frontier Park (Prosper)

Prosper hosted its third annual Trout Derby 21 Jan'12 at Frontier Park (previously held at Whitley Place Park).

Frontier Park opened midyear 2011 and is located just west of Prosper's High School.

There are baseball fields and a playground area for the kids.

Most important (to fishermen) is the pond that holds Catish, Bluegill, and Bass. And, in the Winter, Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks it with Rainbow Trout!

Check it out if you are in the area!

Murphy City Hall Pond (murphy)

Newest on the list of places that receive Trout Stockings in Collin County is in the city of Murphy.

Located just down the road from the famous "Dallas South Fork Ranch", the pond sits adjacent to Murphy City Hall and received its first stocking during the 2013-2014 Season.

For the 2014-2015 Season, Murphy is scheduled for another stocking! Do give this pond a try.

There is a fishing pier that overlooks the pond, it has some deep areas that hold fish, and then shallows where bait fish congregate.

It may not be a large pond but it does hold some nice Bass along with the scrappy Rainbow Trout in Season!

Fishing Tips

WHAT ARE THEY BITING ON?

"What are they biting on?" The first two weeks after release, the hatchery-raised trout readily take lures and fishing flies. Favored lures used by spin-fishermen are Super Dupers and Kastmasters in copper or gold. For flyfishermen, the Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph, Black Ants, and Pheasant Tail Nymph produce. Favored colors are gray, brown, and black in sizes 10, 12, and 14.

By the third week, the trout prefer bait over lures. Extremely light strikes replace the feeding-frenzy behavior of the first two weeks. Tough to pinpoint the bait of choice, varying from year to year and week to week, be ready to change bait as the feeding pattern changes.

Consistent producers have been Corn, Bread, and PowerBait in Chartreuse and Orange. As a general rule, keep a can of Corn, a loaf of Bread, and jars of Chartreuse, Orange, and Pink PowerBait in your tackle box. Also, Cheese with Garlic, Marshmallows, and Salmon Eggs (Red) are good producers.

Regardless what bait you choose, be ready to change baits often. Once you find the right one, be prepared for some fast action!

Tip: If you don't have a ruler but want to measure a fish's length, use the paper money in your wallet as a ruler. Paper money is slightly longer than 6" and slightly wider than 2.5". So, the next time you land that HAWG, place a dollar next to it, and then take its picture. You now have a means to show your fishing buddies how big that trophy really was before you released it!

CAROLINA RIGGED CORN SETUP

Carolina Rigged Corn Setup. We don't consider ourselves fishing experts but willingly provide information to others.

The following suggestions are provided for your reference. Feel free to give them a try on your next outing.

  • "What bait are we using?" Normally we use Corn when fishing for Trout. It is cheap and works well after a trout stocking. We also keep Bread, Cheese with Garlic, Salmon Eggs, and Trout PowerBait on hand in case the Trout are selective. Since things change from year to year, one bait may outfish what worked the year before.
  • "How are we rigging our fishing poles?" We fish on the bottom using a Carolina Rig. We opt to fish on the bottom when we first arrive at a fishing area but will shift to fishing with a bobber or bubble float, casting lures, or flyfishing adjusting as the situation dictates.

For your information, the illustration in the sidebar details a Carolina Rigged Corn Set-up, the rig we use when fishing with Corn on the bottom.

BUBBLE-FLY RIG

Bubble-Fly Rig. Our team enjoys fishing, especially with flyfishing equipment. However, our casting ability does not match our passion for fishing.

As a result, there are times when casting a fishing fly requires other methods than a traditional flyrod and reel.

One method we use is a Bubble-Fly Rig to cast fishing flies on spinfishing or spincasting gear (see illustration below). This rig can also be modified to cast other light weight artificials and baits. Note: The Nail Knot is placed below the Bubble; not above as when tying a Slip Bobber.

Also, by replacing the bubble with a weighted float and the fishing fly with a jig you will have a Float-Jig Rig. This rig has enabled us to cast jigs longer distances and prevent snags on rocks while fishing the tailrace at Denison Dam. Works well when the water is being released and the current is strong.

Lures in the Spotlight

GOLD RIBBED HARES EAR NYMPH

The Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph is mentioned in the spotlight because of its trout catching ability. Limits have been taken on newly stocked Rainbow Trout consistently each year.

Fish it slowly just under the water's surface to entice trout to strike. The favored color is gray with size 10 or 12 being a consistent producer.

Best bet is to sight cast when trout are active on the surface. Else, work the deeper areas of the pond using a small split shot to fish the nymph deeper or switch to its bead head variant.

On the strike, immediately take in the slack and set the hook. Keep the line tight and bring the fish to shore.

FYI: Rumor is the Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph closely simulates the Purina Chow Trout Fish Food that hatchery-raised trout are fed. May explain why it does so well the first two weeks after a trout stocking

Luhr Jensen's SUPER DUPER

Luhr Jensen's Super Duper is another trout producer. Fish it slowly, just under the water's surface, and be ready to trigger strikes.

The favored colors are Gold, Silver, and Copper in size 1-1/4".

Be prepared to switch colors as often times one color will out fish others in a given outing.

When fishing Lake Lewisville Ecological Learning Area (LLELA), work the deeper pools and river bends on a slow retrieve and let the current work the lure's action.

On the strike, keep the line tight and bring the fish to shore. Be ready for last minute strikes as you reel the Super Duper in close to you.

BLAKEMORE ROADRUNNER

Blakemore's Roadrunner is a jig to keep in your tacklebox and maintain at the ready for spawning White Bass.

Once you have limited out on Rainbow Trout, take a quick trip to one of the area feeder creeks and/or tailraces for the White Bass. As Winter arrives, White Bass will begin moving up the creeks.

When fishing the creeks, work the shallows and the current as the fish tend to congregate in these locations.

Tend to lighter weight jigs (i.e. 1/8oz) with the preferred colors being red/white and yellow/white in curly tail. Marabou also works well but the our Field Team has been indicating a preference for the curly tail.

When fishing from a boat, trolling is a sure bet for quickly locating schools. Once one is caught, drift the area and quickly cast a Roadrunner. Work the area until the school moves on. Only then move on upstream to locate other fishing areas.

Also, be ready for a fight with a bruiser Hybrid. There is always a chance to hook into a Hybrid Bass that will test your skill on light tackle.

Worden's Rooster Tail

Worden's Rooster Tail is an inline spinner that is fished slow.

And, like the Roadrunner, once the Trout Season is over, do use it for White Bass when they start their spawning run up river!

For Rainbow Trout, go on the light side with a 1/24 oz and/or 1/32 oz spinner. Also, vary the retrieve trying a slow speed at first.

Increase gradually until you determine the speed that best triggers strikes; recommended colors include Chartreuse, White, and Yellow.

From the Field Team...

Field Notes and Video Clips

Do check out the field notes and video clips of from past Trout Stocking Seasons!

Season Trip Reports from the 2010-2011 Trout Stocking Season are posted below. "Good Luck and Good Fishing" from the COAF Field Team!

November 13, 2010

Sampling of Trout caught on the Blue River from a Field Team road trip to Oklahoma. Decided a road trip across the border was needed to satisfy the Trout Fishing Bug.

The Texas Winter Stocking Schedule has not been posted as of yet; it usually is posted the latter half of November! Till then, if you live in the Dallas area and the Trout Fishing Bug hits you, give the Blue River a try.... Trout Stockings are scheduled weekly!

November 19, 2010

Picture of two Trout caught on the Blue River from a follow-on Field Team road trip to Oklahoma. Last week's road trip across the border was not enough to satisfy the Trout Fishing Bug.

Action was slower than last week but did see a number of limits taken. Also, watched a few Bruisers lurking in the pools, so wade carefully so as not to spook them.

December 11, 2010

Fished Bethany Lakes this evening. Managed to take a limit using Powerbait! Wind picked up, so it was tough for a bit but the action was steady enough to keep things interesting.

Powerbait continues to be a consistent producer with Orange being the favored color at least for today! Did get a couple using Pink but overall, Trout seemed to prefer Orange!

December 12, 2010

Hit the local pond early this morning. Really cold, really windy, really... fun! Trout cooperated providing steady action on Powerbait! Was able to limit out in under an hour using Orange, Chartreuse, and Pink.

Action should be good at least for the next week or two! Give it a go, and good luck and good fishing!

December 18, 2010

Ran up the road a little ways to Denison, TX to fish Waterloo Park Pond. The Pond received its Trout Stocking yesterday with an estimated 1,700 Trout. The Pond is small and looks like a fountain pond that you would see in front of a bank, corporate office building, etc.

In today's case, decided to try out the "Bamboo Stake Rod" - a fishing rod made from Bamboo Stakes used for gardening. Cheap rod and fun to make. Even used wine corks to make the handle. Rod worked well....

Expected it would given the Catfish that were caught using during the Summer! (More Details About the Bamboo Stake Rod).

December 19, 2010

Had another great outing at Waterloo Park Pond this morning. Temps were cold for this Texan but not cold enough to stop us from Trout Fishing!

Field Team limited out on Trout using Powerbait with the exception of one Trout caught on a Wooley Bugger! Took a little coaxing and patience to catch it on flyfishing gear... but was worth the effort!

December 26, 2010

Field Team Plus One limited out on Trout using Chartreuse Powerbait this evening!

Bite was slower compared to the other day but remained steady... steady enough to limit out again despite numerous missed strikes!

Did notice that several Trout were slightly bigger than the 9"-10" Stocker Trout; estimated size of 11"-12"!

Not sure how long the action will last till then the Team is going to enjoy another tasty breakfast!

December 28, 2010

Field Team tried a new spot for the first time with great success - South Lakes Park Pond located in Denton. The pond has been stocked every two weeks beginning 1 December! So, we hoped we timed it close to the latest stocking.

Looks like we did! Limited out on Trout using Chartreuse Powerbait! Bite was steady with a limit each taken in under an hour. Even better... Trout were larger than the 9"-10" Stockers! Largest Trout went about 14" in size!

January 23, 2011

Tried out a new place today.... Whitley Place Park in Prosper. Was a little confused at first as the pond is located in a subdivision.

Arrived early when no one else was there. Looked around and noticed there were no signs indicating the pond was stocked recently.

Decided to rig up the Trout rod with Powerbait and see what happens. Good thing... had a bite almost immediately.

Ended up limiting out with five Trout! Also, caught several Sunfish and a little Trout on fishing flies! Had a fun time fishing for them!

January 29, 2011

Made it back to Whitley Place Park for another go for Trout.... Good stuff! Limited out easily using Orange Powerbait. Easy enough to clean and cook them in time for a tasty breakfast this morning!

FYI: Two Trout Derbies are scheduled in our area.... One in Frisco and the other in McKinney. For more details, checkout the sidebar of this Lens where we post our Field Report!

January 30, 2011

Had to go back and try for more Trout at Whitley Place Park...! Limited out with five Trout in less than an hour. Used Orange Powerbait again but this time rigged up the flyrod and reel.

Used a Bead Head Leech with a modified hook and Powerbait as a trailer. Modified a hook using a ballpoint pen spring and a size 14 wet fly hook. The spring kept the Powerbait on the hook and allowed for casting with the flyrod.

Fun stuff.... Will post more details on the "Powerbait Hook" on our Weblog later today.

February 6, 2011

The plan was to hit one of the Trout Derbies in Frisco or McKinney yesterday but... recent snow and ice caused many roads to be closed.

Moreover, ponds were iced over! So, the Trout Derbies have been rescheduled for next weekend.

As a backup plan, went to Whitley Place Park in Prosper in hopes of catching a few Trout.

As luck would have it, was able to limit out with five using Orange Powerbait! Was pleasantly surprised to see Trout still biting.

Picture above shows one of the five Trout caught today; Trout is in a homemade "fish box"....

February 12, 2011

Trout Derby held at Towne Lake in McKinney, Texas today! Did not limit out but had a great time "missing" Trout.

Caught three on a Gold Superduper and missed a lot more on Powerbait. Trout were biting, just could not set the hook in time or lost it soon after setting the hook.

Ended with only one Trout in the creel. Had to release the other two Trout as they were caught before the start of the Derby. Still had a lot of fun.... It's fishing which beats working!

February 13, 2011

Made it back to Towne Lake in McKinney. Had fun at the Trout Derby yesterday but had a hard time setting the hook.... Looks like no problem this morning. Caught a limit using Gold Superdupers and Glitter Powerbait!

Switched to a Tenkara Rod recently purchased from Fountainhead; caught and released three Trout using a BH Olive Wooley Bugger! Liking the Tenkara fishing because of its simplicity.... a line, a fly, and a rod!

Best bet for Towne Lake are Gold Superdupers.... observed a number of limits being taken using Superdupers! Give Towne Lake a try these next few days. Weather is nice compared to the recent snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

Season Trip Reports from the 2011-2012 Trout Stocking Season are posted below. "Good Luck and Good Fishing" from the COAF Field Team!

December 8, 2011

Bethany received its Rainbow Trout stocking today! Stopped by earlier and saw a few Trout caught.

Action was slow but had two that went for Orange Power Bait. Took today's catch home, cleaned them - noted one Trout had Orange Power Bait and the other had Bread in their stomachs, and then cooked them.

Dinner tonight was Rainbow Trout!

December 11, 2011

Fished Bethany this morning. Caught one on a Gold Kastmaster and two on Orange Powerbait.

Later called ran to the tackle store and picked up more Super Dupers, a Silver Kastmaster, and some Terminal Tackle.

Then, back to Bethany.... Caught only one but was larger than the ones caught in the morning.

December 14, 2011

... headed to Bethany to break last night's strikeout. Light rain but nothing that rain gear could not handle. Fished a Gold Kastmaster and had two hook ups but lost them while landing. Then, lost the Kastmaster.

Switched to a Silver Super Duper without success. Switched to a Gold Super Duper and caught one on a fast retrieve. Then, hooked and landed four on a Copper Super Duper. Again, the fast retrieve was the key!

First limit of Rainbow Trout for the Field Team this year! Largest went about 13" in size. All had empty stomachs - maybe why they wanted a fast retrieve.

December 17, 2011

Ran up the road to Denison to fish with other members of the Field Team. Fished the morning with NucLaroche and T-Bone at Waterloo's small pond.

Quickly limited out with fifteen Rainbow Trout ranging from 9" to 13" in size. All were caught on Rainbow Glitter Powerbait except for two that went for Orange.

Met up with the Comal Kid later in the afternoon; slight mix up in driving directions to the pond. Regardless, Comal Kid limited out quickly with five Rainbow Trout in about 15 minutes. Four were small (9" in size); one went 13" in size! Not bad for a Kansas Jayhawk traveling home for the holidays!

December 21, 2011

Fished with NucLaroche and managed two limits of Trout using Powerbait at Waterloo.

Looked like Rainbow Glitter and Chartreuse worked equally well today. After cleaning the Trout, did notice a few had Corn in them.

Saw others fishing the Pond with fish taken on Powerbait as well as Corn!

December 26, 2011

Fished the Guadalupe River for Rainbow Trout this afternoon. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has leased a river access point at one of the areas they stock trout on the river.

Nice being able to access the river with no additional fees other than your Texas fishing license. Managed a limit of Trout using Chartreuse and Orange Powerbait.

December 31, 2011

Closed out 2011 with a limit of five Rainbow Trout! Caught them using Powerbait Rainbow Glitter.

Quick check of their stomach contents showed Corn, Orange and Chartreuse Powerbait, and Bread as well!

January 7, 2012

Missed the Trout Derby at Waterloo but was able to fish later and limit out using Powerbait in Rainbow Glitter.

Also used a Tenkara Rod and a Weighted Antron Nymph to catch a few little Bluegill as well as a "minnow/shad" looking fish!

Not sure what it was....

January 8, 2012

Lots of folks catching them on Powerbait, Corn, Earthworms, etc... at Waterloo this round.

Also, saw Trout being taken on the fly! NucLaroche and Fshng84 made good with a limit of Trout each.

Most were caught on Powerbait Rainbow Glitter, two were caught on an Olive Wooley Bugger, and one was a "Golden" Trout. Rainbow Trout for Dinner tonight!

February 25, 2012

Made it to the McKinney Trout Derby this morning. Lotta fishermen, lotta Trout, lotta limits taken... and trophies to award!

Field Team's T-Bone and Fshng84 managed to limit out early. Each taking a limit using Rainbow Glitter Powerbait.

Even better - Fshng84 ties for the 3rd Smallest Trout in the Adult Category... measuring a whopping 7-5/8"!

March 3, 2012

Fished the latter part of this morning for Trout at Towne Lake. Caught a limit in about two hours.

Had steady action, just a lot slower than it was last week. Even worse, the Cormorant have shown, so the bite may get even slower.

All were caught using Rainbow Glitter Powerbait!

Season Trip Reports from the 2012-2013 Trout Stocking Season are posted below. "Good Luck and Good Fishing" from the COAF Field Team!

November 3, 2012

Fished the Blue River (Oklahoma) for a chance at Rainbow Trout; had a great time catching and keeping, catching and releasing, and even missing hook sets!

Limited out with six Trout... made for a tasty dinner. Picture at the end has them looking washed out a little; they lost their color sitting in my creel all morning.

PS: Decided to make another trip today (11/4/12); limited out again... will post

November 4, 2012

Went back to the Blue River.

Managed to limit out on Rainbow Trout.

More video of the day's action... Fun Stuff!

November 10, 2012

Trout Derby was in full swing and lots of Trout were being caught including a few Bruisers.

After fishing all day, was able to limit out on Trout.

Started fishing flies and had two strikes. Switched to Spinning Gear and hadno strikes.

November 16, 2012

Went back to the Blue River Friday, 16 November for another go at the Rainbow Trout.

Temps were hovering around freezing in the morning.

Managed to catch four Trout!

November 29, 2012

Made a day trip to the Blue River 11/29/2012. Caught two on a Wooley Bugger in the morning, then one on a Powerbait later in the day.

Slow day with lots of fish "eyeing" our fishing flies. Managed to limit out the last 30" of the trip using Powerbait.

November 30, 2012

Fished the Blue River on Friday 11/30/12!

Two of us fished and limited out using Powerbait.

Great day to spend the day!

December 4, 2012

Local pond received its Trout Stocking today!

Checked it out at lunch time and managed a limit in about 15" once we located them. Fun stuff!

December 6, 2012

Fished Bethany this morning.

Trout continue to be active on the surface (at least in the morning).

Should make another tasty meal!

December 7, 2012

Returned to the local pond for more fun with the Trout.

Caught three in the morning; came back in the afternoon and caught two more to make a limit!

Fun stuff catching them on fishing flies.

December 8, 2012

Fished the morning bite and limited out on Trout.

Caught them by sight casting to risers as schools passed by.

Missed a lot more either when bring them in or right after they struck the fishing fly.

Came back with fishing buddy "T-Bone" and managed another limit! Fun Stuff!

December 9, 2012

Things started out with steady surface action and rising Trout. Able to sight cast and hook and land a couple; then, the action stopped.

Met another TFF Member and started working the area near the pier. Had a lot of interested "looks" at fishing flies but no strikes. Then, the other TFF Member hooked up with three!

Unfortunately, had to leave them biting to go to the Mall! Honey Do's" were calling. However, learned the Mall did not open till Noon; went back and used Bread this time.

Tied on a Size 12 Hook, pressed the Bread into a flat shape, and free-lined it just off the pier. Ended up missing a number of strikes but did get three more Trout.

December 10, 2012

Cold front dropped temps but the bite was still on for some. Trout were taking Orange Powerbait and White Marshmallows. Tried bread and had one strike, then called it short; too cold.. decided to come back later.

Returned later in the evening.... Caught one using a slip-bobber and bread. Had several strikes and misses, then the hook broke off. Switched to free-lining bread and caught three more Trout and a Shellcracker.

Then, the bite slowed. After 15" without a strike, switched bait and caught Trout #5 on the first cast.

December 15, 2012

Fished the little pond up the road from us in Denison. Caught Rainbow Trout using bait and fishing flies. Had an issue with the video editing... to images instead of one.

Something about 3D video. Was going to redo it for 2D but had already deleted the original video.

Regardless, the video does give the sense that the pond is little and the Trout were biting!

December 16, 2012

Returned for another round with the Rainbow Trout at Waterloo Park Pond in Denison.

The Trout continued to take Powerbait; they also were going for fishing flies.

Had a great time catching, releasing, missing, and keeping Stocker Rainbow Trout!

December 19, 2012

Was a windy day at Waterloo in Denison.

Luckily the bite was on! Stocker sized Trout were going for fishing flies and bait.

Two of us fished; two of us limited out!

December 24, 2012

Fished the Guadalupe River at Huaco Springs.

Great day, great temps, even slipped and fell into the river while wading.

But, was able to keep fishing until a limit was taken!

December 25, 2012

Made a dash to the River and fished Huaco Springs.

Limited in time and had to deal with strong winds, managed one Stocker Trout this round.

Little one that was released. Still had fun, still beats working!

January 5, 2013

Able to get out and fish for the first time in 2013.

Two of us limit out on Rainbow Trout at a local pond!

February 9, 2013

Frisco hosted their annual Trick or Trout Derby today.

Missed the derby but was able to fish the afternoon before the rain arrived.

Was a tough go at first with the cold and wind. But, did manage to limit out!

February 10, 2013

Fished the morning bite at Frisco Commons.

Trout were active, rising and feeding on the surface.

Brought the 8-WT Flyrod this time to help gain more distance on the cast.

February 16, 2013

Made a run across the border into Oklahoma for fun with Rainbow Trout on the Blue River.

The Trout Derby was in full swing when we arrived and a number of Bruisers were being caught!

February 17, 2013

Fished Waterloo Park Pond today.

The pond received its last Trout Stocking for the Season last weekend.

Decided to check on the Trout action before the weather warms.

Good decision, Zeke and Fshng84 managed a limit each. Zeke opted for Powerbait; Fshng84 opted for the Guadalupana.

February 18, 2013

Made a quick trip to Frisco Commons Ponds for the evening bite.

Trout were rising and schools were feeding on insects landing on the water.

Caught two before it got dark using the Guadalupana.

Switched to Dry Flies and could not get a strike.

Went back to the Guadalupana and caught one more... Fun Stuff!

February 23, 2013

Fished the Trout Derby; limited out using Powerbait.

Caught four in less than hour, and then took another hour to get the last one.

Cold temps, so decided to head home and cook them up on an open fire and iron skillet!

February 24, 2013

Fished the morning bite at Towne Lake in Mckinney.

Went with Powerbait and hooked up with four fairly quickly.

Did miss a number of strikes, too.

Season Trip Reports from the 2013-2014 Trout Stocking Season are posted below. "Good Luck and Good Fishing" from the COAF Field Team!

December 14, 2013

Headed to Denison today and fished Waterloo. Was not sure if the pond was stocked with Rainbow Trout but was able to confirm that it was stocked after seeing another fisherman hook up!

December 17, 2013

Trout stocking at Bethany Lakes today. Missed the truck releasing trout but luckily NucLaroche was able to get some footage! Shortly after, he started hooking up with Rainbow Trout using PowerBait. Caught three and lost a couple as well as missed a few hook sets.

December 18, 2013

Back to Bethany this morning. Temps in the 30s but no worries... action was steady on the Gold Super Duper! Caught a limit of five!

Tried a steady retrieve without success. Went back to what worked yesterday - count to 8-10, reel fast, then stop, repeat... and watch the line and rod tip for any hint of a strike!

Fun stuff!

December 22, 2013

Stopped by Bethany Lakes to fish this morning. Really cold; rod guides were icing up. Did see one limit taken, else the action was slow.

Tried catching them using fly fishing gear; had a few strikes but did not hook up. After a couple of hours, headed to the house to warm up and add a few more layers to stay warm.

After a cup of coffee and when the feeling came back in my toes, headed back for another try. This time was able to catch two on PowerBait and three on a GRHEN!

Fun stuff but do dress warm!

December 24, 2013

Decided to give the Guadalupe River a try this morning. Opted for Camp Huaco Springs as it was recently stocked last Friday.

When we arrived, could see the Rainbow Trout swimming about. NucLaroche worked one side of the river with an Ultralight Spinning Rig and caught two with PowerBait and three on a homemade Super Duper.

Fshng84 worked the other side using Fly Fishing Gear and caught four on a Prince Nymph and one on a COAF Guadalupana!

Fun stuff... with two limits taken on a chilly but sunny day!

December 27, 2013

Another go at Huaco Springs gets more Rainbow Trout! Fshng84 gets five using a Four Weight Fly Rod and a COAF Guadalupana.

NucLaroche gets five, too - two on a Silver Duper and three on a Bubble Fly Rig and a COAF Guadalupana! Also, one guest fisherman with the Team gets a Rainbow Trout using a Silver Duper!

Fun day on the Guadalupe; even better that they stocked the River around 11AM, too! Action was steady with some hot moments when the Trout were feeding on the surface!

December 28, 2013

Round three at Huaco Springs started early this morning. Fished a COAF Guadalupana Fishing Fly on the Four Weight Fly Rod and caught a limit of Trout! Strikes were light compared to yesterday and fish were really "picky" about the size of the fishing fly. No takers on a Size 14 but lots of action on the Size 12.

Fishing buddy also limited out using an Ultralight Rod and a Bubble Fly Rig. Had four Trout go for the COAF Guadalupana, and one Trout take a BH GRHEN!

Fun stuff... did see others taking them on Silver Super Dupers, Orange Power Bait, and Marshmallows. Also, when we first arrived, saw one nice sized Trout caught by one fisherman!

Nice to know there are some Bruisers lurking in the area!

December 31, 2013

Decided to head to Denison this afternoon to fish Waterloo Park Pond for one more shot at Rainbow Trout in 2013. Caught a limit - one on a GRHEN and four on a COAF Guadalupana Fishing Fly.

Light strikes, had to pay close attention to the line and feel of the strike. Missed several strikes, but was able to hook a few!

Fun stuff... especially after two weeks since the pond was stocked. No worries though; the next stocking is this weekend!

January 5, 2014

Headed to Denison Saturday afternoon and fished Waterloo. Recently stocked in preparation for the Trout Derby held that morning; the bite was steady.

Three of us fished and managed to take three limits. NucLaroche and T-Bone caught them on PowerBait and Ultralight Gear. Fshng84 fished a COAF Guadalupana and a Four Weight Fly Rod.

The strikes were light but the Team did manage to take five each! Even caught one of the tagged Trout from the Derby! Fun stuff!

January 12, 2014

Fished Central Park Pond this afternoon. Was in the area, so decided to fish the pond in College Station. Heard the pond is stocked weekly (or was it bi-weekly) with Trout!

Bite was slow but did manage to get a couple of strikes. Just could not close the deal and land them. Did see others catching Trout and an occasional Catfish! Fun stuff... from the looks of them, the Trout are bigger than the 9"-12" Stockers we have normally been seeing!

January 18, 2014

More fun at Waterloo in Denison. Missed the Youth Trout Derby but did not miss out on the stocked Trout!

Windy day but the Four Weight Rod did its job; limited out using size 14 COAF Guadalupana! Fun stuff!

January 19, 2014

Checked out LLELA this morning. Struck out but did see others catching Trout.

Looked likes a few nice sized ones mixed in with the Stockers! Seemed like the PowerBait Power Worms were the ticket.

Afterwards, headed to Denison to have some fun catching tonight's dinner! Limited out using a Size 10 COAF Guadalupana.

Had to try different retrieves and adjust when the Trout started getting picky.

Fun stuff!

January 26, 2014

Back for one more go at Waterloo. Brought a Buddy along and fished with COAF Guadalupanas.

Both of us limited out with a lot more missed strikes than hook sets! Fun stuff on a warm January day!

February 8, 2014

Fished Frisco Commons this afternoon; the pond was stocked this morning and the City held its annual kid fishing derby.

Tough go today. Fish seemed in shock, staying near the bank and were lock jawed at times. After a while was able to find a pattern... jigging up and down, and then slowly moving the lure away would get one or two to break from where the school was "holed" up, and then a light strike and hook up would follow.

Fun stuff... was different seeing so many Trout so close to the bank; even got some underwater video of a school or two going by!

February 16, 2014

Hooked up using the Gold Super Duper, then switched to the fly rod and caught three more to make a limit using a new fishing fly.

No name for it yet; tied like the COAF Guadalupana but with White Marabou and a Gold Tinsel for the body. Needed something with Gold in it.

February 24, 2014

Collin County Trout Stockings this past weekend in McKinney, Prosper, and a new one for this year - Murphy!

Missed the action this weekend but was able to make it to Murphy this evening.

February 25, 2014

Fished Murphy City Hall Pond again this evening.

Late start but was there in time to get one Trout before dark and one Trout just at dark.

Did miss a couple, and also caught two Bluegill that went for the COAF Guadalupana!

February 28, 2014

Finished work on a TGIF with enough daylight for another go at Murphy City Hall Pond!

Caught four Rainbow Trout on a COAF Guadalupana and several Bluegill!

Fun stuff!

Do let us know how the fishing is in your area!

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As this was once a Squidoo Lens converted to a HubPages Article, we did receive comments when we first published this article several years ago.

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PS: We ran out of room posting past Field Notes and Video Clips. We published a follow-on HubPages article to show the fishing action this Season (2014-2015)... Texas Winter Trout Stocking Summary for 2014-2015!

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hbng84 21 months ago Author

Converted from article from Lens to HubPages... updated with new info, too!


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Reader Feedback from Texas Fishing Forum's Chatterbait...

"Fshng84 that was a much better article than I expected. I would add that like yesterday while fishing a very clear pond under bright sun, my black super duper stuck a bunch of trout. I tried the silver, gold, even chartreuse prism duper without a lot of success. This is why it's good to have 6-8 different patterns and sizes of super dupers to be able to adjust to water clarity and light conditions. Same for spinners. Spinners were not as effective as spoons yesterday. The trout wanted the very slow retrieve of the twisting and turning super duper action. As long as it wasn't too bright."

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