Mineola youngsters have a chance to fish for trout


Bridge Bob’s Pond at Mineola Nature Preserve will be the site of a Kids’ Trout Fishing Day Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event, sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (TPWD) and the City of Mineola, will run from 9 a.m. until noon. The event is free to area youth and adult fishing mentors, and no fishing license is required.

Anglers are encouraged to bring a light-action rod and reel combo with small fishing hooks, light line (12 lb. test or less), small bobbers and small split shot, and bait to take a chance at catching some of the 1,000 rainbow trout that will be stocked by TPWD.

Whole kernel corn, salmon eggs, marshmallows, small worms, Berkley power bait and small spinners are generally the favorite baits for trout.

Volunteers from the local area and TPWD will be on hand to help with fishing and to provide loaner rods and reels and some bait. 

Mineola Nature Preserve is located at 1860 County Road 2724 just south of Mineola. From US 69, exit east onto Loop 564, then turn south onto CR 2724 going about 1.5 miles to the main entrance on the right.

The preserve, a Mineola city park, is open every day from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. There is no entrance fee for entering the preserve. Other information about Mineola Nature Preserve can be found at the preserve website at www.mineolanaturepreserve.com.  

For more information on Kids’ Fish Day, call TPWD at 903-593-5077.