TRWD’s Fish-the-Fort is an urban fishing initiative to restore the natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit the Trinity River. The initiative includes enhancing recreational fishing opportunities, re-establishing native species and educating the community on stewardship, environmental quality and environmental conservation to protect a precious natural resource.

TRWD Trout Season Returns!

TRWD Flyfest

Native Fish Stockings



TRWD Trout Season will return for its 37th year. Come back to this page soon to see dates for the 2023-2024 season starting around December and ending with TRWD Flyfest in March.

Grab a pole and rediscover your backyard! Since 1986 the community has settled on the banks of the Trinity River eagerly awaiting the release of trout for the opportunity to catch the novel fish. Join us all season long.

2401 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

3100 Bryant Irvin Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76109


The final trout stocking of the season will culminate with TRWD Flyfest, an activity-packed celebration. TRWD Flyfest will feature the Big Trout Contest, open fishing, expert presentations, casting classes, fly-tying demos, vendors, and other family activities. There is something to hook everyone.


TRWD Flyfest Date Coming Soon

Follow Flyfest on social media to stay updated before and during the event.


Do I need a fishing license?

Yes, all persons 17 and older must have a fishing license as required by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

How do I get a fishing license?

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more information on how and where to purchase a license.

Where are the trout released?

There are two locations where the trout are released into the river. These two trailheads provide ample parking and access to the riverbanks. For more detailed directions, click the links for Trinity Park and River Park above.

Where do the trout come from?

The trout make their way from a hatchery in Ava, Missouri.

Are the trout safe to eat?

Yes! The trout are safe to eat.

How many trout are released into the river?

Stockings are measured by the number of pounds released. The pounds released vary from 900 – 1800 pounds. The trout generally weigh a pound each. However, a few larger trout are released at TRWD Flyfest for the Big Trout competition. The trophy fish for this final release of TRWD Trout Season range anywhere from 1 to 5 pounds per trout.

Is there a limit on how many trout I can catch?

Texas Parks and Wildlife limits the amount of fish you can bag to 5 per day. But feel free to catch and release all day everyday.

What if I can’t make it on the day and time of the release?

No problem, while some of the fish are caught within the first few hours of being released, it takes up to 48 hours for the fish to adjust to their new surroundings and resume their normal feeding pattern. This acclimation process creates optimal fishing conditions throughout the following week. However, the fish will survive in the river throughout the TRWD Trout Season as they make their way downstream.

What if it rains?

The fish will still be released into the river.