Looking for something to do with the family during the winter holidays? Take the time to get out, relax, and spend time with family and friends while fishing at one of the 17 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sites participating in the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program. LDWF Stocks Get Out and Fish! ponds with adult 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 fry!
To add a little extra excitement to your fishing experience, LDWF will host a tagged catfish derby at all of our Get Out and Fish! ponds between Saturday, December 18e, and Saturday, December 25and. Anglers who catch and report a tagged channel catfish captured during a Get Out and Fish! pond during the derby from December 18 to 25, will receive an LDWF fishing award. Each pond will have ten tagged river catfish released along with the other stocked catfish.
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 have a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in Louisiana public waters. Licenses are available for purchase online at https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/recreational-fishing-licenses-and-permits. By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public access to fishing and boating, fishing programs, and fisheries education and management.
Go out and fish! Community fishing sites to stock with tagged catfish include:
- Turner’s Pond – Minden
- Grambling City Park Pond – Grambling
- Elmore D. Mayfield Park – Ruston
- Kiroli Park – West Monroe
- Pond at William T. Polk Municipal Park – Vidalia
- Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – Ragley
- Park 1-10 – Jennings
- Girard-Lafayette Park
- Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field – Youngsville
- Bayou Country Sports Park – Houma
- Zemurray–Hammond Park
- Bogue Chitto State Park – Franklinton
- Joe W. Brown Park – New Orleans
- Natchitoches Park – Natchitoches
- Pearson Lake, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site – Pineville
- BREC’S Burbank Park – Baton Rouge
- Sidney Hutchinson Park – Walker
This event is organized in collaboration with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). The LAWFF was created to help expand and support the education and research programs of the LDWF with additional resources developed by its own facilities. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the Foundation’s primary goal, accomplished by connecting people and businesses to Louisiana’s natural resources. For more information, visit www.lawff.org.