The winter trout season begins Jan. 1 at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50 and Meridian.
The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout for the Jan. 1 season opener.
The two-month long trout season runs through Feb. 29. The trout fishing is made possible through a donation from BancFirst.
A free trout fishing clinic will be held Jan. 13 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Putnam City High School gymnasium, 5300 NW 50. Pre-registration is required and participants should call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 755-4014.
The clinic will include instruction on trout bait and tackle, pole rigging, trout biology, fish cleaning and recipes, knot tying, safe casting and the Dolese Park trout season’s rules and regulations. The clinic is for all ages and all gear is provided.
Bob Martin, fisheries biologist for the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, recommends that Dolese trout anglers keep several colors of Powerbaits as well as an assortment of other trout baits in their tackle box. The best baits to use often change throughout the day, he said.
Anglers should have success using 4- to 6-pound test line equipped with a slip sinker and small hook. Along with Powerbaits, other baits of choice include corn, small worms, small minnows, small spinners, jigs and spoons.
There is a daily limit of six trout per person during at Dolese Park. In addition, fishing is permitted from the bank only and each angler may only use one rod and reel. Beginning March 1, anglers can use three rod and reels per person until the rainbows are gone.
Trout caught and placed on a stringer or otherwise held in possession cannot be released. If fishing for trout at Dolese, anglers must have an annual state fishing license and an Oklahoma City Fishing Permit, which is required for anglers ages 16-61, unless exempt.