A state record rainbow trout
Shonto Ranch is carved around four and a half miles of
crystal clear, spring-fed creekwater that has been dammed to form
ten pristine fishing lakes. Our lakes are filled with native largemouth
bass, channel and blue catfish, and various sunfish.
Our lakes range in size from 1-3 acres, with most holding deep water with steep
drop-offs at the banks. There are some areas
suitable for wading, but most
fishing is done right from the banks. Water depths are good and unless
you're fishing after a rain, you can expect the water clarity to be excellent.
Texas Rainbow Trout Fishing
In the winter, we
stock non-native rainbow trout, perfect for any trout fisherman with a fly rod
or spinning equipment.
Our rainbow trout stocking program has become legendary
here in Texas. Shonto Ranch holds four
state records for private water when it comes to
trout, and every year the records stand to be
broken. Depending on temperatures, we
generally stock trout around the Thanksgiving
holiday, and they are fishable through the end
of April. Rainbow & "golden rainbow" trout
are stocked in the 1-8 pound range, offering the
opportunities at a huge lunker. During the months of March and
April, fishing with general patterns can yield
both bass and trout.
A happy flyfisher holds a giant sunfish
Texas Largemouth Bass Fishing
Our largemouth bass are native to the area and typically grow
to the 4-5 pound class, with some lunkers up to 9 & pounds being taken most
years. The bass are generally spawning in the spring, during the
March-April timeframe, and fishable through November most years.
Texas Channel and Blue
Our channel and blue
catfish can grow quite large, even in small
waters. The current record is a 37 inch
blue catfish taken out of Crossing Lake.
It took 30 minutes to land.
Fishing is with artificial only and is strictly
catch and release. This ensures a healthy
population for the next fisherman.
Come and catch the
fish of your dreams at Shonto Ranch!