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1/7/06-Tyler

Children Learn How To Fish With Their Adult Mentors

The fish were biting at the Tyler Nature Center today, and in Texas, it's fish you don't see very often. Texas Parks and Wildlife filled The Nature Center pond with Rainbow Trout for their Trails to Trout event. Children of all ages came out to the event to learn how to fish.

"What we're doing is having kids come fishing with their adult fishing mentors, that's big sisters, big brothers, grandpas, grandmas, trying to get that relationship between an adult mentor and a child established," said Regional Fisheries Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife David Terre. It also gives Texans the chance to catch fish not often seen in the area.

"Trout are unique to Texas," said Terre. "You won't find Trout in Texas because they are pretty much a cold water fish. What we do in the winter time the lakes in Texas are cold enough to support Trout, so we bring them in."

Texas Parks and Wildlife filled the nature center pond with 500 Rainbow Trout for today's event and each child was allowed to bring five Trout home with them. Gene Beck and his son Jonathan are bringing their fish home to eat. "We're going to eat them at the shop right," said Jonathan. "Daddy you're going to have to shave off the skin." "Oh no buddy you're going to have to do it," said Gene. "I'll show you."

Whether you caught any fish or not, everyone had a great time. This is the first year for the Trails to Trout event, and it will take place once again next Saturday, January 14th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at The Nature Center in Tyler. The event is free to the public. Adults must bring at least one child and mentor them while their fishing.

Molly Reuter reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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