Neighborhood Fishin’ in Texas Gets Even Better
July 8, 2015
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ATHENS—With the addition of new Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes in Abilene, Tyler and Missouri City, more Texans and their families than ever have good fishing close to home.
Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are located across the state, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) stocks them with channel catfish every two weeks during the year (excluding August), and rainbow trout during winter months. Information on lake locations, stocking dates and even how-to fishing videos can be found at www.neighborhoodfishin.org.
In all, 17 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are located in 11 urban areas. Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Bryan-College Station, San Angelo, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls have one pond each, while Dallas-Fort Worth boasts five and Houston and San Antonio have two each.
Don’t have fishing tackle? Check out http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/angler-education/tackle-loaner-program for information on TPWD’s tackle loaner program. Many of the Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are located near TPWD facilities where you can borrow fishing tackle just like you’d check out a book from the library.
“Our goal is to make fishing easy and fun for as many people as possible,” said Dave Terre, TPWD’s chief of research and management. “Fishing is a family activity that helps young people build outdoor skills and self-confidence. Neighborhood Fishin’ has the added benefit of making it possible for people to catch some fish to keep and eat.”
Naturally, there are a few rules. While persons under age 17 do not need a fishing license, adults must have a fishing license. License retailers are located statewide, or you can buy a license online. Learn more at http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/urban/regulations.phtml.
The Neighborhood Fishin’ program is made possible by local governments and partners and by the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.