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Why you’ll soon see trout in the city swimming pool

January 10, 2019

Some people fish in a river, some in a pond and some in the vast waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But the annual Roscoe’s Fishing Adventure in Deer Park lets anglers of all ages try their luck in a body of water you wouldn’t expect — a municipal swimming pool.

The idea behind the fifth annual affair, set for Jan. 25-26, is pretty simple: Small but eating-sized trout are released into the water at the Dow Park pool at 610 E San Augustine St., participants are given fishing poles and city staff members stand by ready to clean the catch. No need for a fishing license or a fish-finder device.

The only things to take note of is that registration for the free event is required, and the poles are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. People are welcome to bring their own poles. A variety of bait will be available, but people can also bring their own.

Oh, yes, and bring a cooler to take home anything you catch.

“Our parks staff will send you home with clean fileted fish,” said Nicole Garvis, the city’s marketing/technical coordinator.

She is unaware of any other such event in the area in which you catch fish by dropping a hook into a swimming pool. The “Roscoe” in the name refers to Deer Park’s Parks and Recreation Department mascot, a hound. Costs are covered through a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The first day of the event, scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 25, is reserved for military veterans, first responders and special-needs residents and their families. To register for that day, call 281-478-2050.

For the next day’s fishing, set for from 8 a.m. to noon, everyone is invited but must register at www.deerparktx.gov/parksandrec.

“We’ve actually had over a 100 people register already,” Garvis said on Jan. 10.

greg.may@chron.com

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