(KWES) - In an effort to bring new fishing experiences to families in urban centers, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will begin stocking thousands of catfish at 18 Neighborhood Fishin' lakes and ponds across the state starting April 17.
Each of the lakes will receive continuous stockings of channel catfish every few weeks through early November.
"Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Texas," said Dave Terre, Inland Fisheries Management, and Research Chief. "We want to make sure everyone has access, so we are bringing the fish to the people in the places where they largely reside."
Children under 17 fish for free, but a fishing license is required for all adults who fish.
Neighborhood Fishin' is supported by donations from the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest and local partners throughout the state.
For a list of lakes and more information on the Neighborhood Fishin' program click here.