February 7th marked a very chilly Wednesday morning in Trinity Park. And for more than 50 students from M.H. Moore Elementary and J.P. Elder Middle School it was a memorable morning for an entirely different reason than the weather.

On this day, the students eagerly converged on Trinity Park to witness a tradition spanning back more than 30 years for a trout stocking. The idea to supply the Trinity River with hundreds upon thousands of rainbow trout originated through the combined efforts of the Texas Parks & Wildlife department and TRWD in order to make fishing available to urban residents. Over the years, the event would evolve to become what it is today-an interactive experience for both fishing enthusiasts and curious, young minds.

The two-hour event was filled with wonderment as the students braved the weather to enjoy a slew of educational activities. If they weren’t carrying buckets full of trout and releasing them into the river with Texas Parks & Wildlife, they were giddily practicing how to fish with TRWD operations staff. Also on hand were community partners, such as Keep Fort Worth Beautiful with a litter prevention activity, Whole Foods with donated snacks, a Texas Parks & Wildlife fish anatomy lesson, and even TRWD’s very own water conservation jenga game.

Not even the cold conditions could prevent another successful trout stocking full of warm, smiling faces.

As the spring season approaches you can also find your inner kid and get in on the action at the next TRWD Flyfest. It will be the last trout stocking for this year and there will be plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy. We invite you take the opportunity to get to know us and other members of the community as we enjoy some fishing and fun right in our own city.