The Regents 5th grade class studies water-dwelling creatures in their science class. But as they focus on sea creatures, they don’t forget about our very own Texas ponds and lakes. Fishing is a favorite hobby for many Texans, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens helps to keep the tradition going strong. On their visit the 5th graders got to see fish production facilities first hand. They are able to go eyeball to eyeball with massive catfish, bass, and even alligator gars! They are excited to feed them handful after handful of fish food until the water is nearly boiling with the frenzy!
At the end of the tour, the students have the opportunity to wet a hook (and hopefully not too much of their clothing!) and catch catfish using kernel corn as bait. Most students caught at least one fish, and most students eagerly tried to take the fish off the hook without help.
Happy fish-filled memories!