2023 GRTU Youth Trout Camp Report

GRTU Youth Trout Camp

GRTU hosted the 8th annual Youth Trout Camp at Rio Guadalupe Resort over MLK day weekend in mid-January 2023. Twenty-eight young boys and girls aged 12-17 and parents from all over Texas attended Trout Camp and spent 2 days and 2 nights in riverside cabins experiencing the treasure of the Guadalupe River trout fishery. Highlights of camp include trout stocking with GRTU members, learning to fly fish and the half day guided trip on Sunday. Other weekend activities included the following:

Saturday Activities

  • Trout stocking

  • Trout trivia and research

  • Texas Game Warden Interactive Session

  • Fly fishing 101

  • Fly casting & fly tying

  • Knot tying and fishing prep

  • River ecology and water quality

Sunday Activities

  • Half-day guided fishing trip

  • More trout fishing at Rio

  • Youth leadership opportunities

  • Closing ceremonies

  • Prize giveaway

  • BBQ

Since 2015, the GRTU Youth Trout Camp has served over 240 youth and parents across Texas and introduced them to the nation’s southernmost year-round trout fishery. Trout camp continues to grow and improve from year to year. Based on the positive feedback and increasing number of applications our Trout Camp team is doing great things through the Youth Education Initiative.

Trout Camp wouldn’t be possible without the support of GRTU and our team of volunteers (cooks, instructors, and GRTU board members) and partners. A special thanks to Gruene Outfitters, Living Waters Fly Fishing, Action Angler, All Water Guides, Castell Guide Service, Reel Fly, Orvis, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These fine folks and their teams have contributed to the Youth Camp for many years and deserve special recognition. Also, our camp home on the river, Rio Guadalupe Resort, continues to provide first-class accommodations. GRTU also thanks the McBride Conservation Fund and GRTU members for camp donations. Your generosity has allowed us to offer a high-quality camp experience at a reasonable cost that is inclusive of kids from all backgrounds and communities.

How can you help the GRTU Youth Trout Camp?

  • Donate at GRTU.org

  • Sponsor a youth from your community

The 2024 GRTU Youth Trout Camp will be held January 13-14, 2024. Look for applications in September 2023

Check out the 2023 Youth Camp photos HERE!


Protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining our cold water fisheries. It’s what we are here to do.


Our lease access program allows members access to fish the Guadalupe River at 14 private locations.


Engaging our young people in river ecology, conservation and fly fishing with an expert hosted parent/child weekend on the river.