With the approach of a New Year on the calendar, the thoughts of local outdoorsmen often begin to turn from hunting seasons to fishing activities.

With the approach of a New Year on the calendar, the thoughts of local outdoorsmen often begin to turn from hunting seasons to fishing activities.


The only problem is that cold weather — not to mention cold water temperatures — can often conspire to keep fishing activities slow at best.


Enter the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with its annual cold water trout stocking program at spots around the state, including several stockings at Waterloo Park Pond in Denison.


After the first stocking of the season back on Dec. 15, TPWD will feature three additional trout stockings in early 2014.


The first two stockings of the New Year will be in January — Jan. 5 and 19 to be exact — with the final stocking scheduled for Feb. 9.


All together, the Austin based agency will stock nearly 6,600 rainbow trout into the park pond at Denison’s Waterloo Lake.


Interested in giving it a try?


To fish for rainbow trout in Texas, TPWD reminds anglers that they will need the $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp, which is included in all TPWD freshwater fishing license packages.


Keep in mind that anglers that are under 17 years of age are not required to have a license and don’t need to purchase a stamp according to TPWD.


There is no minimum length limit on trout and the daily bag limit is five (5) trout.


Keep in mind that on a Community Fishing Lake like Waterloo Park Pond, an angler may use no more than two rods.


To catch trout, TPWD recommends a light-action rod-and-reel combination with small fishing hooks, light line that is 12 lb. test or less, small bobbers, and small split shot.


For bait, the agency suggests using salmon eggs, whole kernel corn, marshmallows, small worms, or prepared trout bait (like Berkley PowerBait pellets).


If you like to use artificial lures, TPWD says that a small rooster-tail spinner can work well too.