ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The City of Abilene has partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife to stock Lytle Creek in Cal Young Park with 2,000 rainbow trout ahead of the Get Hooked at Cal Young fishing event.
Cameron Beaird, 25, was in shock for his figure hours before heading to work, soaking up the sun on a blustery day in Abilene. He used this time to relax and reflect, listening to the chirping of birds and passing cars on T&P Lane in Cal Young Park.
“I’m a Christian, and in the Bible there are references to rivers and how they bring peace, and they really are,” Beaird said. “When you’re here listening to the wind and the water, it really brings a peace, a natural, life-giving peace.”
He reflected on memories of fishing with his grandfather and father and leaned on his faith.
But as the memories swirled in her mind, her eyes were fixed on her fishing line and the point where it met the water, waiting for the slightest movement.
His goal, like many anglers, is to hook anything, but he was targeting freshly stocked rainbow trout at Lytle Creek.
On January 10, the city of Abilene and Texas Parks and Wildlife stocked more than 2,000 rainbow trout ahead of the city’s Get Hooked at Cal Young Park fishing event.
The two-week event was created to help families find outdoor activities to do during the winter months.
Rainbow trout, a species not native to Abilene, thrive in cooler temperatures, making this time of year the perfect opportunity for Abilene anglers to catch a species unique to their garden.
Texas Parks and Wildlife will lend fishing gear, like rod and reel combos and tackle, for those who want to fish and don’t have the tackle themselves.
They will also be giving out fishing-related prizes at the end of the event on January 27 to four different age groups:
- 8 and under with an adult
- 9-12 with an adult
- 13-16 with an adult
- 17 and over
The categories for the awards are:
- The longest trout
- The biggest “other” fish
- Most fishing days
To enter the free contest, scan one of the QR codes located at three locations in Cal Young Park or click the link here.
From there, you will take a picture of yourself or your family fishing and follow the instructions on the submission sheet. You can also submit as many photos and fish as many days as you want.
For Beaird, he left the day without a bite, but said he hopes to return soon, but bring his two young nieces with him. He said he hopes they bring some luck with the finicky rainbow trout because it’s one of his favorites when fried.
Per state regulations, anyone over the age of 17 must have a valid Texas fishing license. You can purchase a license in person at the Texas Parks and Wildlife office or online.
The Get Hooked at Cal Young Park event will run from now until January 26, with winners to be announced on January 27. here.