By STEVE KNIGHT,
With the stocking of 213 channel catfish Friday, Tyler’s Woldert Park Lake officially became Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s newest Neighborhood Fishin’ Program lake.
The 12-inch-plus fish were the first stocking of what should be bi-weekly stockings throughout much of the summer, with the exception of August, and rainbow trout stockings from December through March.
Woldert Park Lake is the 16th lake in the program. Most of the others are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Tyler joins Amarillo, Bryan-College Station, San Angelo, Waco and Wichita Falls as the smaller cities with a Neighborhood lake.
There are some special rules for fishing at a Neighborhood lake. For catfish there is a five-fish daily bag limit, but no minimum length limit. In the winter there is also a five-fish limit on trout.
Fishermen may only fish with pole and lines, which includes cane pole, rod and reel or fly rod. Each fisherman is also limited to just two rods at a time.
Also, fishermen 17 and older must have a Texas fishing license to fish for catfish and an additional freshwater stamp to fish for trout.
Because of the difficult of transporting fish in the heat, the lake will not be stocked in August.
Woldert Park is located at 501 W. 32nd Street.