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Neighborhood Fishin' makes its way to East Texas

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POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:35pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:39pm

The Texas Parks and Wildlife department's 'Neighborhood Fishin' program has inspired many new anglers across the state, and on April 25th, East Texas became part of the new initiative.

Woldert pond, next to the Glass Rec Center in north Tyler, was stocked with more than 200 channel catfish early in the morning.

The fish are big, ranging from 12 inches up to more than 14 inches.

Because of that, these fish are not only prime to be caught, but also ready for the fryer or skillet as well.

This program was designed for younger people who may have never had the chance to fish before, and the hope, is that once they reel one of these guys in, it'll be an experience they will want to relive over and over again.

"It's very fulfilling for them to put food on their family's table.  It's kind of like having your own vegetable garden, it's that same concept, they can share that idea and share that togetherness with the rest of their families and just really make it a great outdoor experience," said Richard Ott with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The plan is to have this pond stocked every two weeks, and once we head into the autumn months, they will start putting in rainbow trout.

All normal fishing license rules apply, and there is a five fish per day bag limit.

But organizers hope this newly stocked pond will become a regular attraction for everyone in the area.

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