Between 50 and 60 anglers of all ages circled the pond at Carl Levin Park on Saturday to participate in the children’s fishing program sponsored by the Activity Center and the Parks and Recreation Department.
John Holeman, who showed up a bit early and made sure all the necessary equipment was available, told the Herald he was waiting to take his granddaughter, Kayleigh, 5, on her first fishing trip.
Holeman is “Papaw” to his two granddaughters, Kayleigh and Eleanor, 3 years old.
The first angler to catch a fish was 7-year-old Emma Wyatt, assisted by her father, Josh.
Levi Harry, 2, reeled off today’s catch, helped by his mom, Jessica. Seconds after Levi’s hit, his brother James, 4, also caught a fish.
The catch of the day were blue gills, sunfish, perch and trout, according to Adam Trujillo, the city’s activities and events manager.
Trujillo told the Herald, “Texas Parks and Wildlife dropped several trout in the pond today and with the perfect weather it will be great fun for the family!
“A lot of these kids haven’t taken one out of the water, so I’m here as an instructor to show them how to set up their poles for the first time and how to throw,” Trujillo said.
“Sara Gibbs, Activity Center coordinator, is there to help me by baiting hooks with worms and helping families.”
Livi Wilson and Sheila Moncada from Copperas Cove took their children to Harker Heights to participate in the Kid Fishing Program.
According to parents and grandparents it was a successful day at the pond, but there is no way to know how many fish were actually caught as Kid Fishing at Carl Levin Park Pond is a program back, with all the fish returned to the pond.
The majority of the people who participated in “Kid Fish” were experienced anglers, including the younger ones.
Parents who took their children out for the day also said that they personally spend a lot of time fishing.
Livi Wilson said: “Fishing has become a family event for us and we always have a great time. We appreciate the sponsors of this event for giving us another opportunity to go fishing together.