Bastrop State Park to host free fishing Sat.

TPWD has expanded its learn to fish program

BASTROP—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to make it easier for Texans to go fishing and this year has renamed and expanded its learn-to-fish initiative to include dozens of special springtime events being held at 13 state parks throughout Texas.

“Go Fish! Learn-to Fish Events at Texas State Parks” gets into high gear at Bastrop State Park on Saturday, June 9.

Registration start time is 9 a.m.

The “how-to” events are informative and fun, and often result in participants — both children and adults — landing their first fish.

The Go Fish! events are designed to help families learn how to fish together, according to Ann Miller, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Aquatic Resources coordinator.

The events also serve, she says, in support of national research that shows fishing is one of the key gateways to involving people in a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.

“We’ve been getting more and more requests for how-to-fish classes from young parents who want to take their children fishing, but don’t feel comfortable doing so,” Miller says. “These events fulfill that need and in many cases introduce families to Texas state parks that are the ideal place for fishing since adults don’t have to have a fishing license to fish inside a state park.”

Miller notes that the sevenyear old state park fishing events are more numerous this year and now are benefiting from the support of Walmart which has come on board as this year’s Go Fish! sponsor.

Event coordinators received gift cards from the retail chain to purchase rods and reels, fishing tackle and other outdoor equipment and products.

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