Fishing skills

Pond to Plate class aims to tackle food insecurity with fishing skills


A one-of-a-kind seminar hopes to attract more people to learning how to prepare and cook freshly caught fish.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank and McBride’s Steakhouse are teaming up for the “Pond to Plate” event at 3 pm on December 28th.

TPWD inland fisheries biologist Tom Lang said the seminar was a great opportunity to help tackle food insecurity through outdoor skills.

Catching fish to eat is an inexpensive and fun way to have a great meal at home.

At the free event, attendees will receive information about nearby fishing opportunities, regulations and fishing tips.

TPWD fills the area’s lakes and ponds with rainbow trout for the winter and this course will focus on cleaning, preparing, and cooking a healthy, inexpensive meal with the fish.

Children can fish without a fishing license at South Weeks Pond, which is a designated area of ​​the TPWD Neighborhood Fishin ‘program.

In this file photo, fishing rods are stacked and lined up in June at Lake Wichita during the Scottish Rite community picnic fishing rodeo.  A cooking seminar aims to help fight food insecurity by showing people how to prepare and cook a healthy meal with rainbow trout.  These fish are stocked in winter by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in area lakes and ponds.

In Texas, adults must have a fishing license, unless they are on private land or fishing in a Texas state park.

TPWD encourages anglers to maintain their maximum daily trout limit as fish are only stocked in winter.

Angie Weiss, nutrition specialist at the WFA food bank, said that with schools in the area during the winter break, the food bank’s nutrition department is not as busy as it is. usually, so this class comes at a great time for them to try something new.

For area residents who are at risk of food insecurity, Weiss said learning how to clean and cook fish is an inexpensive opportunity for a tasty meal.

During the class, she said, they will talk about the nutrition of trout and why protein is an important part of a healthy diet.

Trout is a great source of lean protein, she said, as well as unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins.

A three-ounce serving of trout provides 20 grams of protein for just 143 calories (40 percent of a recommended daily value of protein).

Ford Swanson, owner of McBride’s Steakhouse, will be the “chef” of the seminar and show how to turn a freshly caught fish into a well-balanced meal.

Swanson will demonstrate how to cook the meal with trout as the main course, accompanied by a mixture of rice and a side of summer squash and zucchini vegetables.

“The goal is for everyone to work together to prepare the meal. We hope that participants take this information home and be able to prepare a nutritious and balanced meal for their families, ”said Weiss.

If this course is well received, Weiss said they would like to have more courses, teaching people how to cook other types of fish available locally.

Although the course is free, participants must register before the course.

Places are limited to 15 participants for this course and places are allocated on a first come / first served basis.

The Pond-to-Plate Wild Fish Cooking Techniques Course will be held at 3 p.m. on December 28 in the Educational Kitchen of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District, 1700 Third St.

To reserve a spot, call Angie Weiss at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank at 940-766-2322 or email