SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE
CASTELL — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries will be stocking 2,400 rainbow trout into the Llano River near Castell on Dec. 18.
The site is a recent addition to the popular winter trout program, which provides Texans a unique fishing opportunity during the winter months. The trout will be dispersed among three public access sites along the Llano River down from Castell to ensure a wide distribution along a five-mile stretch of the river. The stocking sites will be the three river crossings at RR 2768, CR 102 and CR 103.
The stocking was funded by a Llano County hotel/motel tax grant awarded to Castell on the Llano, a reservation service managed by Karen Marion for 10 bed-and-breakfast localities in Castell.
“The award will be used to create a better fishing destination on the beautiful Llano River, while benefitting the hospitality industry in the county,” said Randy Lefeiste, owner of Castell General Store.
Besides the three public access points, Castell General Store will provide free fishing access and be a retail source for fishing goods.
“This partnership will open a new fishing venue for anglers seeking rural fishing experiences in the Hill Country of central Texas,” said TPWD District Fisheries supervisor Marcos De Jesús.
The Llano River is home to other species of fish, including the Guadalupe bass, the largemouth bass and the white bass.
“Fishing should be great any time of year in this stretch of river,” De Jesús said.
Along with these sites on the Llano River, TPWD also will stock 800 rainbow trout Dec. 20 at Grenwelge Park, located on the south side of the Llano River just east of Texas 16 in Llano.
Go to www.tpwd.texas.gov for more information.