It’s that time again for kids and grown-ups to have some fun fishing at the City Park pond, and the Fishing in the Park event is big in Cove.

“Approximately 70 participants and over 200 attendees were present during the 2013 event,” said Kevin Keller for the city of Copperas Cove. “Fishing in a Texas state park or local neighborhood fishing lake stoked with fish is fun, affordable and a good way for family and friends to spend time together outdoors.”

This year the event will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Copperas Cove City Park duck pond at 1206 West Avenue B. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages. Participants must be registered to be eligible for prizes.

Prizes will be awarded to children 12 and younger, including the biggest fish prize, which will be judged in three divisions for 6-, 9-, and 12-year-olds.

But there’s more to this event than meets the eye.

“Everyone plays an important role in maintaining healthy quantities of fish and fish habitats,” said Keller, about why this event is important and the lessons it offers residents. “When a fishing license or fishing equipment is purchased, you are supporting fishery management, hatcheries, conservation and education. By learning to identify fish and respecting fishing regulations you can help protect fish populations, ensuring that they will continue to be available now and in the future for all who want to go fishing.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing tackle.

Preregister at or at the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation office, 1408 Golf Course Road. Registration also may be done on the day of the event at the City Park Pond. T-shirts are $15 each and can be preordered.

Call Parks and Recreation at 254-542-2719.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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