Stocking trout in local ponds
Tyler , TX (KETK) — "Rainbow trout is kind of a special treat for the winter time," says Richard Ott of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
As the temperature drops, east Texas waters become cool enough for trout.
Decemeber through May local parks stock their ponds with rainbow trout from hatcheries out of Missouri, and give east Texans a chance to experience this type of fishing.
Ott tells KETK four locations in east Texas will have thousands of trout, but none of this would be possible without the help of one local non profit.
The East Texas Woods and Waters foundation tackles most of the cost of the trout, spending anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000.
Foundation president Marshall Treadwell is an avid outdoorsman, and a part of this organization to give back to the youth.
"Ok, i've done mine and now i'd like to help and encourage people to enjoy all the same things ive been able to enjoy all of my life," said Treadwell.
They have hooked children on fishing through this opportunity for almost thirty years now.
"The little kids come out here and catch their first fish cause they get really excited, and they get really animated, and have a very good time," said Ott.
No fishing license is required for anyone under 17 years.
Here's a link to the ET Woods and Waters Organization...
And a link to Texas Parks and Wildlife...