Rainbow trout fishing returns to Abilene and West Text with some help from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). While November is known for giving thanks, eating turkeys, and holiday shopping. The TPWD's winter tradition of "rainbow trout stocking" begins Wednesday, November 24th throughout Texas.

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Dad and Daughter at Free Fishing Day 2014 Cal Young
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This November marks the fortieth year the TPWD has been rainbow fish trout stocking in Abilene and the Big Country. There are dozens of locations throughout Texas that will be stocked with rainbow trout. Lake Abilene at the State Park, Ft Phantom Lake, and Grover Nelson park pond in Abilene to name a few.

Only Two Fishing Poles Are Allowed

Here is the best news of all, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks only catchable-sized fish (and the video above will help you catch more of them). A friendly reminder that any angler fishing in a community fishing lake or from a dock, pier, or jetty within a State Park may use no more than two poles.

The statewide bag limit is five trout per person, and 18 and older are required to have a fresh-water fishing license unless you are fishing within a state park.

Many neighborhood fishing programs encourage families to take young anglers under 17 fishing. Other very popular fishing locations include Possum Kingdom Lake, Canyon Lake, Trinity River, and the Brazos River.

So when you get tired of eating Turkey and dressing or leftovers in general, you might think of a fish feast giving thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. One thing Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages everyone (if you're on the lake) wear the life vest, follow all state guidelines and laws, be safe, and enjoy the rainbow trout. Good luck!

A Rainbow Trout

Hands holding trout while Flyfishing

Lake Abilene in Buffalo Gap

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The Abilene State Park

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