LAMPASAS — Area children ages 5 to 16 can brave the cold weather and fish for rainbow trout in the annual Kid Fish Day tournament Saturday at W.M. Brook Park.
Lampasas Parks and Recreation Director Micky Tower said the event is held twice each year. Crew members from his department volunteer their time to help everyone, from first-time fishermen to advanced outdoorsmen.
“The Kid Fish event is just a lot of fun,” Tower said. “When I was young, I enjoyed hunting and fishing, and sometimes the city kids don’t get that opportunity. It’s an educational experience for them to be outdoors and feel what it’s like to get a bite on the hook and for us to see that look on their faces.”
Every June, the city sponsors a Kid Fish event by stocking the W.M. Brook Park pond with catfish. The kids fish all day and camp by the water’s edge at night. The December event features trout, which are more suitable this time of year.
“For rainbow trout, the water has to be below 68 degrees, so that’s why we have it in the winter,” Tower said. “The event lasts until noon, and after that, we will award door prizes and certificates to the winners.”
Parks Superintendent Chris Eicher has helped with the event in years past.
“I think all kids should have a chance to get outdoors and not spend so much time inside. If they want help, all they have to do is ask for it,” Eicher said.
The tournament is free, and the city furnishes poles, bait and experienced fishing advice.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the park, 205 E. Ohnmeiss Blvd., with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call Tower at 512-734-1076.