TYLER – Take your favorite kid on a fishing trip and help them bag seasonal sport fish for free during the 11th annual “Trails to Trout” fishing days in January at The Nature Center. The East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation (ETWWF) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are stocking 2,000 rainbow trout at the pond for adult and child team fishing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and 14.
There is no registration required and no need to purchase a fishing license – all anglers need to bring is fishing equipment and bait. The ETWWF and TPWD will provide the rest, including staff on-hand to assist beginner fishing duos and limited fishing equipment for those who need it on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Anglers will have the choice of releasing their catch or keeping up to a limit of five [rainbow trout] per person to take home,” said Spencer Dumont, East Texas Regional Fisheries Director. “We also have fish-cleaning facilities and ice available courtesy of the East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation.”
In addition to the daily bag limit of five rainbow trout, anglers can also keep up to one channel catfish per day.
After a day of fishing at the pond head over to the nearby outdoor hiking trails to complete the great outdoors experience.
Recommended Equipment: Each child will need a light-action rod and reel combination with small fishing hooks, light line 12 lb. test or less, small bobbers (optional), and small split shot. For bait, bring salmon eggs, whole kernel corn, marshmallows, small worms, or prepared trout bait (Berkley PowerBait Hatchery Formula Chews or similar). Small rooster-tail spinners work well. If you intend to keep trout, make sure to pack a stringer or small cooler.
How to Get Here: From ESE Loop 323 in Tyler, go southeast on University Blvd. (Spur 248). Take a right turn on F.M. 848 (Bascom Rd.). Go 0.2 miles and turn right at The Nature Center gate. Please park in designated areas in the main parking area and walk to the pond using the concrete trail near the kiosk.
A complete list of trout stocking dates and locations is available at www.tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking
On the Net:
TPWD News Images: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/news_images/?g=trout_stocking
A video of rainbow trout stocking and fishing may be viewed at http://youtu.be/x_UEX_R_BRQ