Catfish Stocking Heading Back to Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes in Texas – Orange Leader

AUSTIN – Spring is in the air, so one of the best spring traditions in Texas is fishing for catfish. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin ‘program allows friends and families to stay close to their homes, spend time outdoors, and have the opportunity to catch a catfish.

Beginning the week of April 23, TPWD will store thousands of catfish at 18 neighborhood fishing lakes, including five in Dallas-Fort Worth, four in the Houston area, two each in the Austin and San Antonio areas, and one each in Amarillo, College Station, San Angelo, Waco and Wichita Falls.

“The neighborhood Fishin ‘Lakes are conveniently located in both urban and suburban areas so Texans don’t have to travel to have a great experience,” said Craig Bonds, director of inland fisheries. “Catfish are fun and easy to catch for anglers of all ages and experience levels. If you’ve never fished these are the perfect places to get started. If you are a seasoned angler these are the perfect places to introduce a friend or family member to fishing. “

Each of the lakes will receive channel catfish every two weeks until the end of October – with a short break in the heat of August.

The neighborhood Fishin ‘Lakes are located in city and county parks and offer ample parking, restrooms, lighting, and other recreational amenities in addition to fishing.

All anglers can keep up to five catfish of any size per day with no minimum length restrictions. In some locations, cleaning tables are available nearby so families can easily clean their catch. Children under 17 fish for free, but a license is required for all adults who fish. Fishing licenses can be purchased for just $ 11 for one-day all-water access. All income flows into the management and conservation of the fish and their habitats.

Visit www.neighborhoodfishing.org to find the Neighborhood Fishin ‘Lake near you or to sign up for email updates. Location information and data can also be found on the Neighborhood Fishin ‘website.

Anglers are encouraged to use common sense to be safe and to protect themselves and others. Masks are recommended in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a safe physical distance.

Neighborhood Fishin ‘is supported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation through a donation from the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest 2020 and many local partners across the state.

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