Kids’ fishing event coming to Nature Preserve


Bridge Bob’s Pond at Mineola Nature Preserve will be the site of a Kids’ Trout Fishing Day on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m.-noon.

It is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. (TPWD) and the City of Mineola and is free to area youth and adult fishing mentors. No fishing license is required. 

Anglers are encouraged to bring a light-action rod and reel combo with small fishing hooks, light line (12 lb. test or less), small bobbers and small split shot, and bait to take a chance at catching some of the 1,000 rainbow trout that will be stocked by TPWD. Whole kernel corn, salmon eggs, marshmallows, small worms, Berkley power bait and small spinners are generally the favorite baits for trout.

For those without fishing gear, volunteers from the area and TPWD will be on hand to help with fishing and to provide loaner rods and reels and some bait. 

Adults who are actively helping kids fish for trout are exempt from the normal license requirements.

Participants are allowed to keep all they can catch, so bring a stringer or small cooler. 

Mineola Nature Preserve is located at 1860 County Road 2724 just south of Mineola. From US 69, exit east onto Loop 564, then turn south onto CR 2724 about 1.5 miles to the main entrance on the right. The preserve, a Mineola city park, is open every day from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. There is no entrance fee.  Other information about Mineola Nature Preserve can be found at the preserve website at  

For more information on Kids’ Fish Day, call TPWD at 903-566-1615.