Neighborhood Fishing – Catching a Fish is Closer Than You Think!
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Neighborhood Fishing – Catching a Fish is Closer Than You Think!

A Video News Report is now available on our site called “Neighborhood Fishing.” Well it's that time again, school is out and that means kids are looking for something to do. This summer many families are discovering they don’t have to look far for fun and inexpensive ways to get kids out of the house and hooked on the outdoors. 

See the YouTube video at

For a high resolution download on our site, click on the link

Look for “JuneVNR_Neighborhood Fishing”  There is a split track version and a mixed audio version with CG, both in HD.

NOTE: There is a press release below.

Below is the video script.


Texas Parks & Wildlife

Producer: Meghan Wall

June 2013


ANCHOR LEAD: Well it's that time again, school is out and that means kids are looking for something to do. This summer many families are discovering they don’t have to look far for fun and inexpensive ways to get kids out of the house and hooked on the outdoors. 


01-:05               Houston, Texas

:31-:35              Jeff Henson – Texas Parks & Wildlife Natural Resources Specialist

:43-47               Glenn Miller –  Nature Heritage Society Director

1:27 – 1:31        Shelia Edwards – Mom




ANCHOR TAG: These lakes are stocked with catfish in and around many of the biggest cities in Texas, and anglers under 17 don’t  need a license to fish.  To find out more about where to go, what to catch or even how to fish, visit



[Narration] Its one of America's largest cities, where the traffic never stops and the streets are the only outdoors--many children know. 

Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Houston,

((Birds chirping)) 

[Narration] this quiet pond, a spot where families can escape the big city life.                       

((Truck drives by)) 

[Narration] Today, Tom Bass pond is being stocked with catfish as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife's new Neighborhood Fishing program. 

[Jeff Henson]

In this program we have 13 lakes that we stock every two weeks with channel catfish. 

[Man] You teach a child to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.

Only when the child has the opportunity to actually experience catching a fish for the first time...

[Ranger] First fish of the day!

[Jeff] Bring him to me, boom right there.

[Glenn Miller] and that experience hooks them for life.

[Jeff]  When you're trying to introduce kids to fishing you really need to have a good probability that they are going to catch a fish. You

want to touch it?

[kid] NO, NO, no, no! I love you! 

[Jeff] They'll kind of be hooked from then on and they'll keep coming back.

[Hector Amaya] And we already got one!

[Shelia] Look it, he come out here in just a few minutes! ...How'd you do that...That's not fair!

When you're out here you almost forget that you're in the business of the city with all of the hustle and bustle of the traffic. It's very

relaxing and then when you can have your kids out here with you that's so cool.

[Glenn Miller] Each child that participates in these types of activities will have the opportunity to develop a lifestyle that's something

they can go back home with and say momma, daddy, auntie, grandmother, Take me fishing. 

[Hector Amaya] Come on down we're going to go to the best part of the area.


News Release

Media Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or

Stephanie Salinas, TPWD (512) 389-8756

June 4, 2013

Summertime, and the Fishing is Easy

AUSTIN – Fish are biting as the weather warms up, and many Texans are eager to get outdoors to reel in bass, catfish, redfish and other sport fish.

 With 15 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes stocked with catfish and more than 70 Texas State Parks with fishable waters, finding a place to fish in Texas is easier than ever. Plus, anglers of all ages are reminded that they don’t need a fishing license to fish inside state parks, which offer fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat.

If you’re new to fishing or want to introduce your children to a new way to enjoy the outdoors, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers fishing lessons through the Go Fish! and Fish With-the-Ranger programs. These free interactive workshops teach the basics of angling and give an overview of the different types of fishing equipment. 

In the Texas Hill Country, Inks Lake State Park west of Burnet, will host a “Fishing with the Ranger” program from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Friday throughout the summer. A similar hands-on fishing workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Wichita Falls.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish events will be held at several state parks, including Cedar Hill (9 a.m.-noon, June 15) and Lake Tawakoni (9 a.m.-Noon, June 15). For a complete list of summer fishing derbies and events, workshops and other fishing-related activities, visit:

Some state parks even offer a “fishing test drive” with loaner equipment.  Find one of 30 state parks near you and other sites that loan out rods, reels and fishing tackle to use for free for up to seven days by visiting:

TPWD brings fishing close to home by stocking fish in a number of local parks and ponds through its Neighborhood Fishin’ program. TPWD partners with local governments in 10 Texas cities to stock channel catfish approximately every two weeks in small neighborhood lakes. In San Antonio, for example, anglers can fish at Miller’s Pond on the southwest side of town and Southside Lion’s Park on the southeast side.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Fishin’ program and where to go “wet a line,” visit: Remember, if you’re 17 or older, you will need a Texas fishing license.

Let sea breezes keep you cool as you cast into the surf or wade fish at a coastal state park. Explore fishing opportunities and other park offerings at these four coastal parks: Galveston Island, Goose Island, Mustang Island and Sea Rim.

Throughout the year, two fishing-centric TPWD facilities – Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens – celebrate fishing and support Texas fisheries. Both fishing centers host occasional catch-and-release fishing events, but invite visitors year-round to tour their nature centers, hatcheries and wetlands areas, and learn about conservation efforts.

To see fishing photos taken in Texas State Parks and elsewhere, visit TPWD’s Flickr pages:

To view a YouTube video that tells the story of the Go Fish! and Learn-to-Fish programs in Texas State Parks, visit: For the Spanish version, visit:

To view a Video News Release about how to get started fishing, visit:  and

For a high resolution download of the video news release on the TPWD site, click on the link:

For downloadable fishing J-peg images, visit:

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