Photo by Metro Creative Connection.

Pull out your fishing pole. The pond behind the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center will be stocked with 400 rainbow trout Wednesday, and families are invited to “catch, keep and cook” their five fish limit.

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The program is part of a larger effort by Texas Parks and Wildlife “to provide the public with an opportunity to catch and enjoy a fish dinner and hopefully spur an interest in fishing,” says Kelly Thomas, Lake Highlands neighbor and fishing instructor for the organization. Last year more than 500 rainbow trout were provided, and lots of happy families experienced the satisfaction of cooking what they’d caught.

Rainbow trout love cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers and meal worms, say wildlife experts, but if you’d rather use a lure, a small inline spinnerbait or a spoon will likely do the trick. Anglers over 16 and under 65 need a fishing license, available for about $30 at Walmart and other sporting goods stores, grocery stores and such.

The Lake Highlands North Recreation Center is at 9940 White Rock Trail, and the pond there nestled amongst the trees just south of the sand volleyball court backs up to the houses on Estate Lane.