December already! Some days I feel like I haven’t even had time to catch my breath after Thanksgiving! Speaking of Thanksgiving… We had a full park of visitors spending quality time with their families in the great outdoors. Now, what is a better statement than that?! The pride and thankfulness we experienced because of this cannot even be expressed. How our little park got so well known and the many people who now come out to enjoy and appreciate it is beyond words.
Last month was also Veterans Day and our park along with every park in the Texas State Park system offered all day users free entry into the parks in celebration of the many people who have served our country! We sure had a lot to be thankful for in November!
What to See & Do This Month: Fish for Rainbow Trout
Look forward to catching a different fish dinner than you’re used to. Rainbow trout stocking in Lake Theo is scheduled for the middle to end of December so get those poles ready and remember that you don’t need a fishing license if you fish in Lake Theo or any other lake in a Texas State Park. Happy fishing!
Rainbow trout fishing can be a fun fish to catch for the entire family. Since the rainbow trout that are stocked in Lake Theo are fed prepared fish feed in the TPWD hatcheries, any type of bait that mimics their natural or prepared food is a good idea to use when fishing for those buggars! Here’s some ideas on what these rainbow trout might bite on:
- kernel corn
- cheese balls
- salmon eggs
- manufactured fish bites (commonly called Powerbait)
It’s also a good idea to use light tackle if possible.
- Park will be closed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on December 5th through 2:00 p.m. on December 8th to conduct wildlife management activities.
December 26th- 29th:
- Park will be closed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on December 26th through 2:00 p.m. on December 29th to conduct wildlife management activities.
Thanks for your support and cooperation during this time.
Quote of the Month:
“Fishing is much more than fish… It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” ~Herbert Hoover
As we head deeper into the winter months, it’s always a great idea to adequately prepare for drier conditions and an increase in fuel load for fires. You can help prevent the threat and spread of wildfires by taking a few simple steps. If you are planning to camp in a particular area such as Caprock Canyons State Park, always call ahead to check for burn bans or simply look for our burn ban flag here at the park. If we are under a burn ban, the burn ban flag will be flying. Remember that in more primitive or remote areas of the park or along the Trailway, open fires are prohibited. However, containerized fires such as those in propane stoves are allowed. Sound land management practices such as prescribed burning can also be a great way to reduce the fuel load on privately owned property while also providing many other benefits for the overall health of the land. So, stay warm this winter but do it safely!
Have a very Merry Christmas!