City Park pond will turn into a place to cast lines and reel in rainbow trout next week.
Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation is partnering with Texas Parks and Wildlife for the annual Fishing in the Park event.
Texas Parks and Wildlife will stock the pond with about 1,000 trout on Feb. 23, so the city can conduct the event for the whole family, said Andy Cedillo, parks and recreation director.
“This event is to get people and especially kids interested in fishing,” Cedillo said. “You don’t have to have a license that day to fish,” unlike other days.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Copperas Cove Bass Club will help conduct a contest for younger anglers.
Children 12 and younger can register for the event and have their fish measured to receive prizes.
Club members also will be on hand to help teach people how to fish.
Parks and Wildlife’s goal behind partnering with local communities, such as Copperas Cove, is to teach an outdoor activity that provides a leisurely experience for an individual or the whole family.
“This is a city setting and is perfect,” said Carl Kittel, a program coordinator Parks and Wildlife. “Once they see how fun it is, and just learning generally what they need ... our feeling is that many of them will go on and fish at lakes and enjoy the outdoors.”
Cedillo said fishing is an activity most people can enjoy for life.
“For the sake of the kids, there is research that states kids who participate in outdoor activities are happier, go on to do better in school and work to help preserve nature,” Kittel said. “Outdoor lifestyles strengthen families as well. Fishing helps the kids and the families.”
The trout provided for the event are fish that are great for all types of fishing, Kittel said. Rainbow trout will typically bite any type of lure from corn to worms to spinners.
“The whole point is to make it a good fishing experience,” he said.
Cedillo said having a pole isn’t required, but the number of available poles is limited so Parks and Recreation officials prefer participants bring their equipment.
More than 400 people turned out for last year’s event.