Out of doors Notes — Denison Catfish Derby, Free Fishing Day and extra – Herald Democrat


By Lynn Burkhead, For the Herald Democrat

With summer completely dominating the local calendar, the Denison Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its 15th annual Denison Catfish Rodeo at Waterloo Lake Park Pond this weekend.

With the 2022 version of the annual event scheduled for Saturday 4 June 2022, organizers said around 950lbs of channel catfish have been stockpiled over the last few days for tomorrow’s event, which takes place from 9am to 11.30am after the catfish derbies Closing, lunch and an awards ceremony will follow, both sponsored by ER of Texas – Texoma.

Due to security issues and limited space around the pond, available Derby seats are filling up quickly, according to Denison Parks and Rec leisure manager Andrew Means, who says there are only a few open seats left as of Thursday afternoon.

“Online registration opened last month and will close at 12 noon on Friday 3 June or when capacity is reached,” Means said.

“The number of participants around the pond will be limited for safety reasons, so don’t wait and seize this opportunity,” he added with a smile.

The first 50 entries to D-Town’s 15th Annual Whiskerfish Derby will be issued with a free Denison 150th Birthday themed cap. There is also a casting competition, food and drink, door prizes and prizes awarded for tagged fish.

Entry fee is $5 for resident youth (age 16 and under); $7 for resident adults (17 and older); $7 for non-resident youth (under age 16); and $10 for nonresident adults (17 years and older).

To check registration availability this morning, please visit the City of Denison’s website at cityofdenison.com/parksrec or call the City Hall offices at (903) 465-2720 during business hours.

TPWD Hosts Free Fishing Day – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is hosting the Lone Star State’s annual Free Fishing Day again this weekend, Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Held annually on the first Saturday of June, TPWD says anyone in the Lone Star State can go recreational fishing without having a license to fish in public waters.

“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, gear and love of fishing with a new participant, but it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Director, in a press release.

“We hope that those fishing on this special day will also learn that buying a license is an act of conservation. Purchasing a fishing license is one of the easiest and most effective ways to support fisheries science and governance.”

TPWD notes that anglers support the state’s conservation efforts with their license purchases, with 100 percent of fishing license fees going to TPWD and its fisheries programs. These fees fund local conservation efforts, such as fish stocking efforts, that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to fish.

The agency also notes on its website (www.tpwd.texas.gov) that the Austin State Natural Resources Agency thanks you for your support if you already have a license and encourages you, a family member, a friend , a neighbor, or a colleague to go fishing with you this weekend.

Incidentally, across the Red River in Oklahoma, the Sooner State will also be hosting its own free fishing event, with free, no-license fishing this weekend.

For 2022, Oklahoma’s Free Fishing Days will be held on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th. To learn more, visit the ODWC website at WildlifeDepartment.com.

George Perry’s world record bass catch turns 90 – Yesterday marked the 90th anniversary of George W. Perry’s historic world record largemouth bass catch on June 2, 1932 at Montgomery Lake.

To learn more about Perry’s catch, the controversies surrounding it, the mysterious photos that have surfaced in the 21st century, and where the state of Georgia trout mouth record and the International Game Fish Association world bucket mouth record stand today read, visit Game and Fish Magazine.

The Outdoor Sportsman Group’s publication website can be visited at www.GameandFishMag.com.