The East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host two special rainbow trout fishing events beginning Saturday.

Two thousand rainbow trout will be stocked into The Nature Center pond to provide a free fishing opportunity for area youth and their adult fishing mentors. The events will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 10.

To participate youth must be accompanied by an adult mentor. Mentors do not need to be experienced anglers. TPWD staff will be on hand to assist.

Those who are able are asked to bring all equipment and bait necessary for fishing. A limited amount of fishing equipment and bait will be on hand for those who cannot bring their own on a first-come, first-served basis. 

"Anglers will have the choice of releasing their catch or keeping up to a limit of five fish per person to take home," said Craig Bonds, TPWD Fisheries Regional Director. "We also have fish-cleaning facilities courtesy of the East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation and we will offer fish-cleaning demonstrations."

Recommended equipment includes a light-action rod and reel combination (one per child) with small fishing hooks, light line, small bobbers and small split shot. For bait, fishermen typically use salmon eggs, whole kernel corn, marshmallows, small rooster-tail spinners, small worms or prepared trout bait.

The limit will be five rainbow trout and one channel catfish per angler. Those intending to keep fish should bring a stringer or small cooler.

The Nature Center is located on Bascom Road. From Tyler's East-Southeast Loop, take University Boulevard (Spur 248) and turn right on Farm to Market 848 (Bascom Road). Go two-tenths of a mile and turn right at The Nature Center gate. Park will be in the main parking area.


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