Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to a nearby Get Out and Fish! pond for the opportunity to catch a fish you don’t land every day. Yesterday morning, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began stocking some sites across Louisiana with adult-size rainbow trout. In January and February, LDWF will stock ponds in neighboring parishes including Webster, Lincoln, and Natchitoches this Thursday. See a complete list of ponds and their locations at the end of this article.
Now is the only time of year our Get Out and Fish! sites will be stocked with rainbow trout, so do not miss this unique opportunity to land one, right here in Louisiana. Rainbow trout are native to rivers and lakes in western North America; yet, due to their popularity, these fish have been introduced throughout the United States through stocking efforts. When water temperatures are cool during winter months, LDWF takes advantage to stock our Get Out and Fish! ponds with this cold-water fish. LDWF encourages anglers to keep their catch so the rainbow trout are harvested before temperatures rise.
Anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Licenses are available for purchase online at louisianaoutdoors.com/licenses-and-permits. By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs, education and fisheries management.
Get Out and Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). The LAWFF was formed to help expand and support LDWF education and research programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the major focus of the Foundation, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources. For more information, visit http://www.lawff.org.
- Parc Natchitoches – Natchitoches
- Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – Ragley
- Forts Randolph & Buhlow – Pineville
- William T. Polk Park Pond – Vidalia
- Kiroli Park – West Monroe
- Elmore D. Mayfield Park – Ruston
- Grambling City Park Pond – Grambling
- Turner’s Pond – Minden
- I-10 Park Pond – Jennings
- Girard Park – Lafayette
- Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field – Youngsville
- Bayou Country Sports Complex – Houma
- Joe Brown Park – New Orleans
- Brec’s Burbank Park – Baton Rouge
- Sidney Huthinson – Walker
- Zemurray Park – Hammond
- Bogue Chitto State Park – Franklinton
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