In what has become an annual spring break event, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be opening the gates to The Nature Center for youth fishing March 13-16.
Located between Tyler and Whitehouse on Farm to Market 848, the department and local partners are stocking 2,000 rainbow trout for the free fishing event.
There is a limit of five per angler; however, participants also will be able to keep one catfish they catch.
Anglers should bring an ice chest to take fish home. For those bringing their own gear, it should include light-weight rods and reels, with light line (less than 10-pound test strength) and small hooks. Baits can range from artificial in-line spinners to commercially-prepared trout bait or whole kernel corn, marshmallows or small worms, which can be fished using a bobber and light weight.
Fishing will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day regardless of weather. Along with fishing, The Nature Center has a number of walking trails that will also be open to visitors.
For those not able to attend on the days the center is open, another option is Tyler’s Woldert Park Pond, which is a part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishing program. The pond was stocked this winter with trout and is continuously stocked throughout the year with channel catfish. Youth 16 and younger are not required to have a license to fish at Woldert Park.
The Nature Center can be found by taking Spur 248 (University Boulevard) to F.M. 848 (Bascom Road), take a right and go two-tenths of a mile to the entrance on the right.