Although the 20th Annual Jasper Trout Derby has been cancelled due to mandates from Texas Governor Greg Abbott regarding public gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic, it turns out that Sandy Creek Park Pond will still be stocked with approximately 1,800 rainbow trout.

Ray Linderman with Texas Parks & Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division says that because the state agency had already secured possession of the fish in anticipation of the event, they must place them in a body of water anyway, so they’re going to stock the pond and allow the public to fish.

According to Linderman, state law mandates that anyone 17 years-of-age and older must have a fishing license, and there is a limit of 5 tout per person per day.

Linderman said that he and other workers will be stocking the pond on MLK Day, which is Monday, January 18th and fishing can begin immediately.

Because rainbow trout are a cold water fish, they need to be harvested before the spring when the water in Sandy Creek Park Pond begins to warm up, which will result in the fish dying.

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