As a licensed professional fishing guide, Michael Acosta shows you how to find them. A resident of Granbury for over 35 years, he has been fishing his entire life and has been a licensed guide since 1998.
This is the time of year when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department begins stocking trout in many locations around the state. Many of these areas are located in areas called “Neighborhood Fishing Ponds” that are probably near you.
Check the TPWD website for all scheduled storage locations and dates. Scheduled storage dates are subject to change.
Storage will occur several times during the winter season. I am including here some local areas relatively close to Granbury with the scheduled storage dates. Put it on your calendar!
There are no minimum length limits for these trout and you are allowed to keep 5 trout per day per person. An angler fishing on a community fishing lake or from a dock, wharf, or pier within a state park may not use more than two poles. Trout anglers will need a valid fishing license with a freshwater fishing endorsement. Children under 17 do not need a license.
These trout are typically taken on salmon eggs, corn, and a variety of small baits and flies. I would recommend the light line.
Granbury water temperatures are in the upper 60s and action has picked up for striped bass and blue catfish. Striped bass are good on Alabama rigs and walleye live on the lower ends. Blue cats are good on cut baits fished in shallow flats adjacent to channels.
Fishing continues to be good to excellent on small jigs/minnows. Bass are good to excellent on soft plastics fished near main lake points with the submerged brush. White bass are fair on slabs on humps and ridges. Some birds have returned to our reservoirs and can point to active fish. Keep binoculars handy.
Comanche Creek Reservoir continues to be excellent for tilapia, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Fishermen continue to catch numerous fish. Largemouth catches are good on most any type of presentation on soft plastics, crankbaits, and sometimes topwater. Channel cats are good on prepared/cut baits. Tilapia are plentiful and many use drift nets to fill their ice chests. Tilapia is an invasive species and there is no limit.
At other nearby reservoirs, limits of striped bass continue to be taken in Possum Kingdom Lake and Whitney Lake on Alabama rigs with live bass or trolled. Look for bird action.