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Trails to Trout

Cast into the New Year with Free Youth Fishing at the Tyler Nature Center Jan. 5 and Jan. 12

TYLER – Looking for a unique, family-friendly New Year’s resolution that you can accomplish right here in Tyler? Here’s an idea – take the family out to catch a colorful rainbow trout for fun or a tasty meal at the 13th Annual “Trails to Trout” fishing event at the Tyler Nature Center fishing pond.

“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking thousands of catchable-size rainbow trout at the pond to provide a high-quality, fun fishing experience for anglers of all ages,” said Richard Ott, TPWD Inland Fisheries District Supervisor for Tyler South. “This is the perfect opportunity to introduce a child to fishing, catch your first fish or simply spend a day connecting with family in the outdoors.”

The “Trails to Trout” event is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 12. There is no registration required and no need to purchase a fishing license – all anglers need to bring is fishing equipment and bait. The East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation (ETWWF) and TPWD will provide the rest, including staff on-hand to assist beginner fishing duos and provide limited fishing equipment for those who need it on a first-come, first served basis.

Anglers can keep up to their daily bag limit of five rainbow trout and one channel catfish per day.

After a day of fishing at the pond, families are encouraged to explore the nearby outdoor hiking trails to complete the great outdoors experience.

Recommended Equipment: Each child will need a light-action rod and reel combination with small fishing hooks, light line 12 lb. test or less, small bobbers (optional), and small split shot. For bait, bring salmon eggs, whole kernel corn, marshmallows, small worms or prepared trout bait (Berkley PowerBait Hatchery Formula Chews or similar). Small rooster-tail spinners work well. If you intend to keep trout, make sure to pack a stringer or small cooler.

How to Get Here: From ESE Loop 323 in Tyler, go southeast on University Blvd. (Spur 248). Take a right turn on F.M. 848 (Bascom Road). Go 0.2 miles and turn right at The Nature Center gate. Please park in designated areas in the main parking area and walk to the pond using the concrete trail near the kiosk.

A complete list of trout stocking dates and locations is available at