GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department to renovate the public fishing access area in Oka T. Hester Park in Guilford County.
After park staff demolished and removed an old fishing pier and associated building, the Wildlife Commission constructed a new pier and concrete sidewalks that connect the pier to the parking lot. The universally accessible pier extends 64 feet into the pond with a 48-foot wide t-section at the end.
Oka T. Hester Park participates in the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, which enhances fishing opportunities in city and county parks statewide through fish stockings and other fishing amenities, such as piers. At Hester Park, Commission staff stocks approximately 5,000 8- to 12-inch channel catfish into the pond annually. In addition to catfish, anglers fishing the pond can expect to catch largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish species.
Hester Park also is part of the agency’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The program works like a library. Anglers can register at the park to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them borrow rods and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form.
After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participants under 16 receive a free mini-tackle box with lures, hooks, sinkers, bobbers and a fish stringer. Anglers can use the tackle loaner identification cards at any Tackle Loaner Program site in North Carolina, but they must return the rods and reels to the original loaner site.
Construction of the pier and sidewalk was funded with money from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes funds generated from taxes on fishing tackle and other fishing-related expenditures, and fishing license receipts.
Oka T. Hester Park is located at 3615 Deutzia St. For more information about the park, including park hours, fees and directions, visit the park’s website.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page.