Free Trout Fishing Clinic at Dolese Youth Park Pond Rescheduled

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Free Trout Fishing Clinic Rescheduled

2/12/10

A free trout fishing clinic held in conjunction with Oklahoma City's annual rainbow trout fishing season at Dolese Youth Park Pond has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2010 after having been previously canceled due to inclement weather.

The clinic will take place 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Putnam City High School gymnasium, 5300 N.W. 50th St., across from Dolese Youth Park Pond.

Local fishing experts and educators from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department will be on hand to teach anglers the latest in trout fishing tips and techniques, as well as fish identification and sportsmanship. Participants will have the chance to try out a variety of hands-on activities, including casting, knot tying and trout cleaning.

No equipment is necessary to participate in the clinic, but pre-registration is required by calling (405) 755-4014.

The clinic is hosted by the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as part of the City's 'Close to Home' fishing program. The 'Close to Home' fishing program provides fishing areas that are often just a short drive away from even the most urban locations, saving families time and gas money. In addition, it allows parents and children to fish together after school or on a busy weekend. The Dolese trout season also offers anglers a chance to catch a unique fish that they may not catch at other times of the year when water temperatures are warmer.

Trout season at Dolese Youth Park Pond opened Jan.1 and will run through Feb. 28. Over 8,000 trout will be stocked into the pond during the two-month season, which is being sponsored by BancFirst.

There is a daily limit of six trout per person during the Dolese Park Pond trout season. In addition, angling is permitted from the bank only, and each angler may only use one rod and reel while fishing for trout. Trout caught and placed on a stringer or otherwise held in possession cannot be released. Catch-and-release angling is allowed all day long during the Dolese trout season, but once a fish is kept, such as put on a stringer or in a basket or bucket, it cannot be released and counts toward the angler's daily limit of six trout. Regulations for other species that may be caught at Dolese are available in the current 'Oklahoma Fishing Guide' or online at wildlifedepartment.com.

Those fishing for trout at Dolese must purchase an annual state fishing license, unless exempt. In addition, an Oklahoma City Fishing Permit is required for anglers ages 16-61 unless exempt. No state trout license is required. For more information about trout fishing at Dolese and other Close to Home fishing opportunities, contact the city's H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at (405) 755-4014, or visit the Lakes and Fishing page of the city's Web site at www.okc.gov. For a map, log on to http://wildlifedepartment.com/dolesemap.jpg . For more information on the 'Close to Home' fishing program, log on to wildlifedepartment.com. Dolese Youth Park and the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery are operated by the City of Oklahoma City's Parks and Recreation Department.


Contact:
Michael Bergin or Micah Holmes (405) 521-3856
 


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