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January 15, 2010

Top 5 Spots for Big Texas Trout

Check out these hot spots for Lone Star lunkers

3. Kenedy Shoreline - Port Mansfield: Though this particular shoreline is considered part of Port Mansfield, it also carries the Lower Laguna Madre moniker. Recent declines in populations prompted Texas Parks and Wildlife to reduce the daily bag for speckled trout from 10 to five. Since conservative measures were adopted nearly three years ago, anglers have already experienced a difference. During the spring and winter of 2009, impressive numbers of trophy trout were caught, photographed and released. As a bonus, don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a south-Texas Boone and Crockett whitetail at the water's edge.

A decade ago, exactly a week later than the previously mentioned diatribe on Sabine Lake, retired guide Melvin Talasek and I caught three trout over 30 inches in a three-day period around the full moon. The undulating mud and grass bottom encouraged minnows and mullet to trickle to the shallows, where hordes of heavy trout were waiting to gobble them up, not to mention our chartreuse and redheaded Top Dog Jr. lures.


Pro's Choice: Thanks to recent conservation efforts, this area has really been thriving. Big trout here seem to love Badonk-A-Donks.