Texas Parks and Wildlife is taking the old “teach a man to fish” adage to heart by offering free fishing classes throughout the state this summer. One of these Go Fish! events is scheduled for June 12th, 2010 at Cedar Hill State Park, which is an easy daytrip from the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.
Don’t worry if you lack equipment, loaner rods and reels are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also provides bait, door prizes, and plenty of hands-on instruction. The free fishing lessons run from 9am until noon and are available to all eager anglers ages 5 and up. Don’t forget to bring your own hats, sunglasses, water and snacks.
For a full list of parks offering these Go Fish! events, visit this link. Some places will also teach fly fishing and other methods, in addition to traditional rod and reel techniques. The promotional video for the Go Fish! events explains the philosophy behind offering free fishing classes. Simply put, many adults do not know how to fish. Texas Parks & Wildlife hopes that these classes will inspire families to spend time fishing together.
Even if you skip the Go Fish! events, it’s good to know that you can fish without a license or stamp at any Texas state park. Simply pay the park admittance fees, and you are free and clear to test the waters, whether they be freshwater or salt. You still need to adhere to other fishing regulations, such as bag and length limits. Visit this link for a complete list of Texas state parks that offer fishing.
What: Go Fish! A Learn-to-Fish Event
When: 9am – Noon, June 12th, 2010
Where: Cedar Hill State Park (map)
More information: Go Fish! official website, and/or Cedar Hill State Park official website.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Cedar Hill State Park, Farm to Market Road 1382, Dallas, TX 75052
Cedar Hill State Park, Farm to Market Road 1382, Dallas, TX 75052
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