The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2022-23 winter trout stocking program has resumed and continues through the middle portion of March.
The program provides numerous close-to-home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months. These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing.
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TWRA stocks rainbow trout in urban ponds, streams and small lakes across the state during the winter when water temperatures are cold. 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.
There are more than 40 locations for this year’s winter trout stocking program. Anglers can view locations and stocking dates at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website in the fishing section.
10 Tips on How to Fish for Beginners
- Match your lure to the water color.
- Choose your lure shapes and sizes that let you “match the hatch.”
- Get fishing gear that appropriately size to the fish you’re pursuing.
- If you are trolling, make sure your lures are swimming in a lifelike manner.
- Choose your fishing line wisely.
- Fish early, and fish late.
- Be conscious of the tides and currents.
- Always use new hooks and/or sharpen your old hooks.
- Use a scale to set your reel’s drag.
- Do your pre-fishing research.