Fishermen, and women … fisherpersons out to score some scaly goodness but lack a proper license don’t have to skulk around in the shadows tomorrow.
Texas Parks and Wildlife grants a kind of angling clemency Dec. 1 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center just outside Athens, Texas, when the agency stocks the ponds with rainbow trout. A fishing license is not necessary to join in the fishing fun, and, in fact, they’ll even provide the equipment and bait.
Anglers will need to pay $5, though, and the catch will be limited to five fish. Still, at $1 a head that’s a pretty good bargain.
There are a few provisos, though, particularly for those folks who bring their own tackle. Only single hooks “with barbs mashed down” will be allowed, and the good people at TP&W suggest baiting those mashed-down hooks with something called Berkeley PowerBait Hatchery Formula Trout Nuggets because it most resembles a trout’s natural diet.
This appears to be just one step up the degree of difficulty scale from shooting barreled fish. Y’all have fun now, ya hear?