Chilly weather means it is trout fishing time in Oklahoma City, and a free clinic for novices has been scheduled for next week.
The city stocked Dolese Youth Park Pond with 1,240 rainbow trout last week, the first of five stockings that will take place between now and when the season ends Feb. 28.
That's 700 pounds of fish, for those who like to gauge their seafood by weight, said Jennifer McClintock, spokeswoman for the parks and recreation department.
Anglers looking to hone their skills are invited to check out the free clinic, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Putnam City High School gymnasium, 5300 NW 50.
Fishing experts and educators with the city and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation will share tips and techniques and discuss fish identification and sportsmanship.
Attendees also will have a chance to learn such skills as tying fishing line knots, casting and trout cleaning, McClintock said.
“The clinic is something offered to the public that goes above and beyond the season,” she said. “It's a way to reach people who haven't experienced it before.”
Anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 must have a city permit and a state license to fish at the pond.
Also, only six trout can be caught per person per day, and boat fishing is not allowed.
The pond is near NW 50 and NW Meridian. For information, or to register for the clinic, call 755-4014.