Trout are coming to a stream near you. With the onset of colder weather the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has begun its winter trout stocking program. Approximately 90,000 rainbow trout will be released into Tennessee waters that do not normally support trout year round. The program provides numerous close-to-home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months in dozens of small city parks and ponds, creeks, rivers, tailwaters, and small lakes.
These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce first-time anglers to fishing; and everyone is encouraged to keep his catch. The trout will average about 10 inches in length. The daily creel limit is seven, but there is no size limit. Anglers are reminded that a trout license is needed in addition to the fishing license.
The 2016-17 winter trout stocking schedule runs Dec. 1 through March 17 from Memphis to as far east as Oneida and Kingston. The exact release schedule is posted on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org in the news section or the fishing section; dates and locations are subject to change.