Record crowds attend three-day fair
Monday, 21 January 2013 by Keith Bahlmann
The City of Belton hosted a free family-friendly fishing event on Nolan Creek, which was made possible through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Rainbow Trout Program.
The creek was stocked on Jan. 3, which gave new and experienced anglers a chance to bait a hook, cast a lure, or try their hand at fly fishing in hopes of catching a trout from a Texas stream.
"At the height of the event there were 85 people fishing between Penelope Street Bridge and the low water crossing near Confederate Park," said Paul Romer, City Information Officer. "We estimate that 100 people attended (on Thursday)."
The first catch of the day was by an unexpected albeit experienced guest. After Texas Parks and Wildlife planted about 286 pounds of trout, a hawk swooped in and made the first catch of the day, Romer said.
The longest fish was caught by Savannah Siegfried. The trout measured 11.75 inches.
"Family, Fishin' and Fun is an event that brings families together," Romer said. "We feel like this is important because strong families build strong communities."
Texas Parks and Wildlife is scheduled to plant more trout on Feb. 15.