Let's Go Fishin'

Parks Dept. stocking city pond for free Kids' Trout Fishing Day on Saturday

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Feb. 1, 2008 - Your friendly neighborhood parks and wildlife folks are pouring more than 2,000 trout into Peavine Pinion Pool for Saturday's annual Kids Trouth Fishing Day at Buford Park.

The pond, located in the city park southeast of the Civic Center, is the location every February for the Larry Buster Sulphur Springs Kids' Trout Fishing Day.

The event, sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries' Division, the city of Sulphur Springs, local merchants, civic groups and individuals, begins at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.

Hot dogs provided by Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club will be offered, and there will be "door prizes," for lack of a better term, for participating children.

Youths of all ages are invited to bring their rods and reels and bait for a chance at the 2,079 rainbow trout stocked in the pond by TP&WD personnel. There is no size limit on the trout, but there is a daily bag limit of 5 fish per person. Whole kernel corn is one of the favorite baits the small rainbows hit on, but they fighting fingerlings are also partial to Berkley power eggs, trout bait and small spinners.

Best of all, there is a special exemption for the event. Any adult actively helping kids fish for trout are exempt from the normal license requirements during the event. All others, however, are required to have a freshwater fishing license.

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