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GRTU Warns Anglers Not to Fish for Rainbow Trout in Guadalupe River During Long, Hot Summer Months

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GRTU Warns Anglers Not to Fish for Rainbow Trout in Guadalupe River During Long, Hot Summer Months

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If you fish in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam this summer, leave the rainbow trout alone.

As water temperatures rise, oxygen levels decrease and the fish become stressed.

Dan Cone, who works as a fishing guide with Castell Guide Services and is a member of Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU), said trout season runs from mid-November through the end of May.

“Even in low water years we see trout survival in the first five- to six-miles downstream from Canyon Dam, but fish that are caught are stressed to the point of death due to the lower oxygen levels,” he told MyCanyonLake.com.

The Guadalupe River’s Canyon Reservoir Tailrace is one of the top trout-fishing destinations in the United States during the peak of the cool-weather trout fishing season, according to Stephan Magnelia, director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) River Studies Program. It’s also the most-fished reach of river in Texas.

The Guadalupe River in Central Texas is the southernmost freshwater trout fishery in the United States. Click here for more information.

TPWD and GRTU stock Canyon Reservoir Tailrace with thousands of rainbow trout during January and February each  year.

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