John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery


Address
900 CR 218
Brookeland, Texas 75931

Contact
409-698-2052

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This is Texas newest freshwater hatchery and its open for public visits. The Hatchery came online in 2012 and is producing up 5 million fingerlings each year. The fingerlings are used to stock state's public waters. The John D Parker Fish Hatchery is financed by anglers who purchase the freshwater stamp along with their fishing licenses.

John. D. Parker produces largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish and forage fishes at a much higher capacity then the previous Jasper Fish Hatchery. Its name comes from the Commissioner of Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) from 2003 - 2009 who was instrumental in securing funding for the project.

Visitor Information

The hatchery is located in Jasper County below Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Access is via County Road 218, which joins Texas Recreational Road 255 just east of the Sam Rayburn dam about halfway between Texas 63 and US 96 north of Jasper. Hatchery tours are offered each Tuesday at 2 pm and Friday at 10 am for groups of 10 or less. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by appointment.

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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast

Tuesday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 83

Tuesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 58

Wednesday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 67

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 46

Thursday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 59

Thursday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 48

Friday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 69

Friday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 56


Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 2/28: 162.57 (-1.83)



Lake Sam Rayburn

Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 22)

GOOD. Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 0.84 feet below pool. Full moon this weekend will draw the fish up shallow with the best bites in the morning and late afternoon. The water is muddy north of the Texas State Highway 147 bridge and clearing south of the bridge. The grass lines are in 6-12 feet grass of water. Male bass are moving up shallow in the grass, but the females are holding in 12 feet of water. Cast soft plastics and rattletraps. Crappie are moving into creeks to spawn with very few on main lake brush piles. Catfish will follow soon. White bass are good up the river and can be fun to fish as they put up a good fight. If there are high winds it will stir the water up, cooling the water in the pockets. Water is being released as work continues on the dam. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. Water conditions continue to rise with large rains this past weekend. Murky water continues to head south from the Angelina River inflow of water and major creeks water temperature ranging from 54-59 large populations of fish can be found shallow in the mouths of the creeks secondary points and drains. Rattletrap and chatterbait up shallow, Alabama rig, Damici rig, jig, and crankbait out deep. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.

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