Greenville is about to become the trout fishing capital of Hunt County for at least one day next weekend.
The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Academy of Sports and Outdoors are planning to host the 2023 free fishing derby on the lake at Graham Park, 800 Walnut Street on Saturday, January 21st.
The event will start at 8:00 am and will be reserved until 10:30 am for youth groups, while adults will be able to fish from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and no fishing license will be required on the day of the event.
Fishing rods will not be provided during the event. Competitors are reminded that they must bring their own sticks and equipment.
For the fourth year in a row, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced its intention to add thousands of trout to neighboring North Texas lakes as well as several state parks across Texas.
In Greenville, TPWD was expected to release 2,000 trout in Graham Park.
People can take home any trout they catch.
Recommended bait types include corn kernels, cheese balls, salmon roe, wigglers, sliced night creeps, artificial trout bits or trout pieces, crickets, mealworms, and dough.
Additional information about the event can be obtained by calling the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department at 903-457-2994.
TPWD plans to fish 337,469 rainbow trout in Texas from Nov. 23 to March 3. Since rainbow trout cannot survive in Texas after the winter, anglers are advised not to exceed the daily limit of five trout.