Get out and fish!

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There are lots of good places to go fishing this time of the year. But everybody doesn’t have a boat and a lot of fancy gear. That’s okay. Look for good spots to fish from the bank, like the fishing piers at Bussey Brake or the area around the boat dock open for fishing.

There are also some other choices in the area. Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner! Make time to get outside, unwind, and spend time with family and friends while fishing one of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 15 sites participating in the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program. LDWF stocks Get Out and Fish! ponds with adult-size channel catfish in the spring and fall, and rainbow trout in the winter, to increase your chances of bringing home a few keepers for a fish fry!

To add a little extra excitement to your fishing experience, LDWF will be hosting a tagged catfish derby at all of our Get Out and Fish! ponds between Saturday June 5th and Friday, June 11th. Anglers who catch and report a tagged channel catfish caught at a Get Out and Fish! site during the June 5-11 derby, will receive a fishing prize pack from LDWF. Tagged channel catfish will be stocked at 15 LDWF Get Out and Fish! ponds across Louisiana.

For more information about the event including directions to each of the ponds, reporting instructions, derby rules, and tips on how to catch catfish, click here.

Anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Licenses purchased in the month of June are valid for more than 12 months (until June 30, the following year).

Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing lakes stocked with tagged catfish include:

  • Turner’s Pond – Minden
  • Grambling City Park Pond – Grambling
  • Elmore D. Mayfield Park – Ruston
  • Kiroli Park – West Monroe
  • William T. Polk City Park Pond – Vidalia
  • Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – Ragley
  • 1-10 Park – Jennings
  • Girard Park – Lafayette
  • Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field – Youngsville
  • Bayou Country Sports Park – Houma
  • Zemurray Park – Hammond
  • Bogue Chitto State Park – Franklinton
  • Joe W. Brown Park – New Orleans
  • Parc Natchitoches – Natchitoches
  • Pearson Lake, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site – Pineville

Follow LDWF Get Out and Fish (@ldwfgetoutandfish) on Facebook and Instagram for park updates. This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF). The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.