After School Fishing Program Reels in Students

For the next few Tuesdays more than two dozen local students will be enjoying the outdoors after school, instead of just heading home.

The sixth annual after school fishing program began Tuesday at Sikes Lake, it offers fun for kids and their family.

They received special instruction from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and there was no doubt it was a fun filled day.

Eleven-year-old Tyrice Jackson caught a fish and this is his fourth year participating in the after school fishing program.

He says he comes to keep having fun.

Grandmother Pamela Neal is the one who brings him out every year.

"It helps him relax and meditate and chill out, it just one of the things he loves doing."

He's not alone about 30 kids came out, ready to reel in a fish.

"It's a great way to get kids outdoors, in a healthy activity after school, and we think fishing is
a great way to introduce them to the outdoors," said Mark Howell with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

This is 10-year-old Jarred Reeves first time attending the after school event, but not his first time fishing.

"I've been to Plum Lake and here before and also Lake Texoma," said Reeves.

He caught a fish today too and he's looking forward to catching more in the coming weeks.

Parks and Wildlife representatives were out helping put bait on the hooks and teaching them how to catch a fish but that's not the best part about it.

Howell says, "To see the kids faces when they hook a nice fish, we've been seeing a lot of smiley faces and exciting kids today, it's been great."

September the 14 and 21 are the next days of fishing.  For the most part they're filled up, but they may be able to accommodate a few more fishermen.

All you have to do is contact the Wichita Falls Recreation Center at 761-7490.  Crystal Hall News Channel6.

The program is open for students ages six to sixteen and the cost is just $3 for the first child and $2 for each additional child from a household.