February 6, 2017
Online registration encouraged for Rainbow Roundup
MURPHY (February 6, 2017) Early registration on the Murphy website for anglers planning to participate in the fourth annual Rainbow Trout Roundup is being highly encouraged. The Roundup is set for Saturday, Feb. 25 and registration is now open.
“Early registration online helps us in several ways,” says Kayla McFarland, Special Events Coordinator. “First, we get a good handle on how many people to expect, and, just as importantly, it cuts down on the on-site registration. Registering on the morning of the event can delay the start of the competition.”
Registration can be completed at www.murphytx.org.
The highly-popular event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the pond on the west side of the City Hall complex, 206 North Murphy Road. The official start time is 9 a.m. and it ends precisely at 11:30 a.m. Fishers are encouraged to bring their own gear, however there will be a limited number of fishing poles available at the event for check out. Bait such as corn and marshmallows will be available, but anglers are allowed to bring their own special bait.
The Murphy Community Development Corporation is the event’s sponsor, providing prizes in several categories including: longest rainbow trout; shortest rainbow trout; and heaviest stringer of five rainbow trout.
Anglers from 0 to six years of age will cast their lines from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with winners in this category announced at 10:15 a.m. All other fishers, up to 17 years of age, can drop their lines at 10 a.m. and fish until the roundup closes at 11:30 a.m.
While the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife normally requires a valid fishing license for anyone over 17 years of age, the agency has issued an exemption for all anglers until 4 p.m. on the day of the roundup. After 4 p.m., however, the license rule goes back into effect. Sporting goods stores, including Walmart, can issue fishing licenses.
Volunteers are needed to assist with equipment check out, onsite registrations, minor set up and after-event clean up. Volunteer signup can be accomplished online at http://www.murphytx.org/484/.