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Kids who love to fish get special treat on Valentine’s Day

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Instead of hearts and flowers, a number of area families will kick off Valentine’s Day with spinners, corks and the oh so distinctive aroma of bait.
It’s all part of the Larry Buster Memorial Sulphur Springs Kids’ Trout Fishing Day, which just happens to fall on sweethearts day this year — Saturday, Feb. 14.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division, in conjunction with the city of Sulphur Springs, local merchants, civic organizations and individual contributors, sponsors the event annually just after they stock Peavine Pinion Pool (sometimes referred to as City Park Pond) with fresh fish.
This year, TPWD said, about 2,080 rainbow trout would be trucked in from an area fishery to fill the pond, ensuring plenty of fresh fingerlings for the kids participating in the event to enjoy.
The Kid Fish begins at 9 a.m. and continues until noon Saturday, at Peavine Pinion Pool. Because the event is hosted by TPWD, adults who actively help kids fish for trout will be exempt from normal fishing requirements during the event. All other anglers, however, will be required to have a freshwater fishing license.
And kids and parents won’t have to worry about measuring their fish to make sure they are a certain size. There is no minimum size limit on rainbow trout. However, they will have to count how many they take home, as there is a daily bag limit of five fish per person.
Participating kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their rods, reels and bait to take a chance at catching up to five of the more than 2,000 newly stocked trout. Trout are known to favor whole kernel corn, Berkley Power Eggs, trout bait and small spinners, so those who use more than one or more of those types lure are more likely to catch more fish than those using other, more traditional bait.
And, for those who work up an appetite checking and rebating their hooks, there will be free hot dogs served by the Kiwanis Club of Sulphur Springs. Drinks will also be provided by donors, and donated door prizes will be drawn throughout the morning for participating kids.
For more information, call TPWD at 903-593-5077.

 

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