Burleson resident John Dornay endured the Interstate 35 traffic to grab an early fishing spot at the trout restocking event Feb. 16 at River Park, 3100 Bryant Irvin Road.

“I was five years old whenever I started,” Dornay said. “I (was) just hooked on it.”

Dornay has fished with his buddies since trout season began in December. The Tarrant Regional Water District and Texas Parks & Wildlife restock around 3,000 pounds of Texas native fish annually in the Trinity River.

Fishers are limited to five stock, per federal law, and only allowed to fish with two fish poles at a time.

The Tarrant Regional Water District hosts the restocking from December to March each year. The last restocking of the season on March 12 will align with the 77th annual Tarrant Regional Water District Flyfest, a celebration of urban fishing on the Trinity River. About 1,800 pounds of Rainbow Trout will be released on March 12 during the final month of the season.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...

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