Hundreds of kids go fishin’ at Springfield Lake
Children from across Limestone County and beyond descended on Fort Parker State Park last weekend to try their hand at fishing, and many left with a stringer of fish and good memories.
Despite an occasional sprinkle of rain, there was no shortage of children and parents fishing along the edge of Springfield Lake, a small, secluded waterway off the Navasota River, on which the park is situated.
Superintendent Mike Loftice reported that 300-350 children had signed up for the trout clinic, with additional walk-ons expected.
Loftice, like the other organizers, is convinced that a child’s learning to fish is a positive experience on many levels.
“As they come and get their first experience catching a fish – there is nothing like catching a fish,” he said. “And once you catch one, as the saying goes, ‘You’re hooked for life.’”
The trout clinic was co-sponsored by the Park, the Mexia Bass Club and Texas Parks and Wildlife Fisheries. Each year, the three entities work together to stock Springfield Lake with thousands of trout just before the event to ensure the children have a good chance of hooking a trout and get a taste for fishing.
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