The 11th annual Trails to Trout fishing days will be Saturday and Jan. 14 at The Nature Center, 11942 Farm to Market 848, Tyler.
Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout will be stocked in the Center’s pond for the event sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation.
This is a youth event for anglers 16 and under, however, the youth must have an adult mentor who is invited to fish.
“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.”
There is no registration required and no need to purchase a fishing license. Anglers do need to bring fishing equipment and bait.
The ETWWF and TPWD will provide staff on-hand to assist beginner fishing duos and limited fishing equipment for those who need it on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition to the daily bag limit of five rainbow trout, anglers can also keep one channel catfish per day.
Recommended equipment is a light-action rod and reel combination with small fishing hooks, light line, 12 pound 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 such as Berkley PowerBait Hatchery Formula Chews. Small rooster-tail spinners work well.
Those intending to keep fish should also bring a stringer or small cooler.
Participants are also invited to enjoy a series of outdoor hiking trails at the Center during the event.
Fishing hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The Nature Center is located by taking University Boulevard (Spur 248) to F.M. 848 (Bascom Road), and taking a right. Go two-tenths 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.
For more information, contact Spencer Dumont, East Texas Regional Fisheries Director, at (903) 566-1615, ext. 202; Jimmie Greene at ext. 200; or Dr. Richard Ott, Fisheries Biologist, at (903) 566-2161.