Texas Border Affairs
ATHENS, Texas – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is the perfect place to kick off April with “Fishing Fools Day,” an event celebrating all things fishing. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday April 2 at the TFFC in Athens.
The event begins with the annual ‘Spawn Run’, a one-mile family run on a special route up the hatchery ponds and down the wetland trail, followed by a day filled with related activities to fishing.
“There’s something for everyone, whether it’s a first-time angler or a seasoned angler looking to try something new, like fly fishing or bow fishing,” said Kate Barkalow , TFFC Education and Interpretation Coordinator.
Anglers can test their skills on a casting course and get expert fishing tips. Additionally, attendees can learn about some of the Inland Fisheries Division’s fish sampling techniques, such as electrofishing.
“We’re really excited to celebrate all different types of fishing and fishing with the many diverse people who enjoy them,” Barkalow said. “We are thrilled to be able to host this family event here at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.”
The TFFC is located in Athens and includes a working fish hatchery, 300,000 gallons of aquariums focused on the state’s underwater wildlife, recreational fishing ponds, and fisheries science exhibits. It is home to the Toyota ShareLunker program, which invites anglers to donate largemouth bass over 13 pounds for research and breeding purposes. The TFFC is also home to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, which honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to freshwater fishing in Texas.
The Texas Game Warden Museum, where visitors can learn about the organizational history and current operations of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, is also located at the TFFC. In addition, TFFC also hosts the annual Texas Fish Art Competition, part of a conservation education program designed to spark student imaginations while providing valuable lessons about fish and fish. Importance of Conservation of Texas Aquatic Resources.
TFFC’s current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about the TFFC and to plan your visit, check out the TFFC website and Facebook page.