Water Wednesday – Off the Soap Box and Into Your Creel TPWD Considers Guadalupe Changes

| October 16, 2013

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October 8, 2013

Media Contact: Marcos De Jesús, (512) 353-0072, [email protected]
TPWD to Hold Public Meeting to Consider Trout Fishing Regulation Changes for the Guadalupe River

ATHENS —Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will hold a public meeting to take comments on changes being considered to the trout fishing regulations for the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake Dam.
The public meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the McKenna Events Center, Meeting Room A; 801 West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels.

Current regulations for rainbow trout and brown trout on the Guadalupe River from the Canyon Lake Dam to the easternmost bridge crossing on F.M. 306 consist of a five-fish daily bag limit, and trout of any size may be harvested. For the section of the river downstream of the F.M. 306 bridge crossing to the second bridge crossing on the River Road, only trout 18 inches and longer may be harvested, and anglers are allowed to harvest one trout per day. Harvest is further restricted in this area to trout caught on artificial lures.

Downstream of the second bridge crossing on the River Road, harvest regulations for trout revert back to the five-fish daily bag limit with trout of any size legal for harvest.
TPWD is considering changing the regulations in the section of the Guadalupe River extending upstream from the easternmost F.M. 306 bridge crossing to a point 800 yards below the Canyon Lake dam. Harvest regulations would be changed to a 12- to 18-inch slot length limit (only trout smaller than 12 inches or 18 inches and longer may be harvested). Anglers would be allowed to harvest five trout, but only one trout 18 inches or longer could be harvested per day. Any trout harvested would have to be caught on artificial lures. The goal of the changes being considered is to increase survival of trout in this section of the river where water temperatures are most favorable during the summer months while maintaining the opportunity for harvest of trout smaller than 12 inches.

The popular trout fishing area directly below the dam is not included in the section of river being considered for changes in harvest regulations and would not be affected by this change. Regulations there would remain at a five-fish daily bag limit with no minimum length limit.

Expected benefits from the changes being considered are: 1) increased survival and angler catch of trout in the reach of the river that is most likely to have water temperatures favorable for trout to survive the summer months; and 2) maintain the opportunity for harvest of trout under 12 inches in the proposed regulations zone.

For those unable to attend the public meeting, comments can be directed to Marcos De Jesus, Texas Parks and Wildlife, 505 Staples Road, San Marcos, TX 78666; [email protected]

Rainbow trout have been stocked since 1966 in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake by TPWD and others through state/federal/private partnerships. Because of coldwater releases from Canyon Lake, water temperature remains suitable (below 70OF) for year-round survival of rainbow trout in most years. These unique habitat conditions laid the foundation for the creation of a popular and economically important trout fishery in this river. TPWD desires to further enhance this unique resource and provide quality fishing experiences for all anglers.
Trout Map
Lines on the map indicate the stretch of river being considered for a regulations change by TPWD.
Map by TPWD

An aerial photograph showing the 800 yard stretch below the Canyon Lake Dam that would NOT be affected by the proposed regulation change can be found at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/news_images/.

The solid line in the river channel in this aerial view shows the 800 yard stretch below Canyon Lake Dam that would not be affected by the proposed regulation change.
Photo by TPWD

Mark Dillow
Chapter President

PUBLISHER’S NOTE – A couple of things I try to remember here – minimum water flows on the Guadalupe and maximum water temperatures for trout survival. Anywhere you fly fish for trout, anywhere, water temperatures are very important. Although the temperatures at the dam are the most constant and cold, there are no real runs or holes until you drop down a ways, and then the original deep cut of the river offers refuge (for monster striper in the past too). Translation: This upper area could make a great fly fishing area, and a trout preservation area – IF they were to go in there and add some pooling / holding habitat. Otherwise, the next flood release will just wash them all downstream. Or, the fish will wash downstream in the interest of self preservation, or after being caught and released. Upgrading this area will certainly take pressure off other areas. My two cents.

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Category: Causes, Fly Fishing for Trout, Guadalupe River, Science and Environmental

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