Catch a Rainbow on Spring Break

Media Contact: Craig Bonds, (903) 566-1615, ext. 202; Dr. Richard Ott, (903) 566-2161

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ATHENS-More than a thousand rainbow trout are swimming in the pond at The Nature Center in Tyler, and young anglers are invited to come catch them during spring break March 8-11.

Fishing will be allowed Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Youth must be supervised at all times by an adult. Five rainbow trout and one channel catfish may be kept by each participant. No fishing license is required, and the event is free. You need not pre-register to fish.

Bring a light-action rod and reel combination (one per child) with very small fishing hooks, light line (less than 12-lb. test) small bobbers, and small split shots. For bait, bring whole kernel corn, small worms, or prepared trout bait (Berkley PowerBait or similar). Small rooster-tail spinners work well, but only single hooks may be used on this bait type. If you intend to keep trout, please bring a stringer or small cooler.

The Nature Center is on F.M. 848 (Bascom Rd.) two-tenths of a mile west of its intersection with Spur 248 (University). Turn right at the iron gate and park in the designated area.

For more information contact Craig Bonds at (903) 566-1615, ext. 202 or Dr. Richard Ott at (903) 566-2161.