KILLEEN — After hearing customers seeking advice on different fishing-related topics, Judy Johnson decided to organize the first Family Fishing Clinic at Cantonment B Pond in Killeen.

Johnson, the general manager for Sportsmen’s Center at Fort Hood, is hosting the Saturday event and said the Natural Resources Management Branch on post will stock the pond with catfish.

Johnson said the free, family-oriented event will be a great place to get advice on what bait works best in the Fort Hood ponds as well as learning how to properly clean and filet fish.

“It’s customer driven,” she said. “In the pond, it’s different than river fishing. Your set-up is different, maybe baits would be different and we get a lot of questions so we thought we’d do this for (them to learn).”

Johnson said there will be many experts on hand giving demonstrations and answering questions throughout the day.

She said newcomers can attend the event and learn how to set up rods and reels. However, all participants must have a Texas fishing license and Fort Hood fishing permit. Johnson said permits will not be available on site, but residents can stop by the Sportsmen’s Center prior to the event to obtain the documentation needed to participate.

“It takes about 10 to 15 minutes,” she said.

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