As part of an annual rainbow trout stocking program conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), we will be stocking our fishing pond with rainbow trout this winter. We will be stocking the pond three times, including once during the months of December, January, and February. In an effort to help the public take advantage of this new fishing opportunity, we will be hosting our first trout-fishing day on December 17th, 2016. There will be two additional trout-fishing days on January 28th and February 18th, 2017.
According to Michael Homer Jr., TPWD Fisheries Biologist, “rainbow trout are relatives of salmon and do not naturally occur in Texas. Rainbow trout require cold temperatures to survive. In most areas of Texas where rainbow trout are stocked, high temperatures prevent them from reproducing as well as surviving the warm seasons, though some have survived in the tailrace of Canyon Reservoir. The only self- sustaining population of rainbow trout in Texas is found in McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains.”
A Fort Griffin staff member will be available on December 17th from 10 am to 2 pm to provide instruction and assistance for children who attend the trout-fishing day. In addition to the unique opportunity to fish for rainbow trout, there will also be golf carts available for those visitors who want to take a self guided tour of our historic military fort, and there is camping available across the highway from the fort and fishing pond. For those interested in fishing for native species, remember that we are also bordered by the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, which offers year round fishing for our visitors.
The cost of general admission will grant you and your family complete access to the fort, hiking trails, and the trout-fishing day activities. Since Fort Griffin is a state historic site under
the Texas Historical Commission (THC), the annual TPWD state park pass is not valid for admission to Fort Griffin. For more information about Fort Griffin State Historic Site, to make camping reservations, or to learn more about upcoming events, please visit www.visitfortgriffin.com or call 325-762-3592.
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