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Get Out and Fish! LDWF's Community Fishing Program

LDWF’s Get Out and Fish! provides easy and affordable access to quality fishing at locations close to cities and towns. Through this program, LDWF partners with local governments and community organizations to stock community fishing ponds with adult channel catfish in the spring and fall and rainbow trout in the winter, weather permitting. By stocking community ponds with fish, we hope to introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing and provide opportunities for current anglers to practice their skills and for former anglers to get back into fishing if they haven’t been for some time.

We launch each new community fishing site that joins the program with a Get Out and Fish! event which includes a fishing competition and fishing education activities. Through these events, we hope to provide the skills necessary to make even new anglers feel prepared to come back to the site and fish at any time on their own. We also hope to provide a family-oriented fishing opportunity that gets youth and their families outside to spend the day together.

How do we select fishing sites for the program?

We partner with community organizations and local governments to identify high-quality fishing locations within a short walk or bike ride from a community or town. All ponds must be open to the public. Ideal sites are three- to 10-acre ponds with amenities such as restrooms, parking, and play areas. LDWF biologists assess each potential pond for suitability as a healthy fishery.

 

Community Fishing Locations

BREC’s Burbank Park – Baton Rouge, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 3/17/2020
  • Rainbow Trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park – Chalmette, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 3/17/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Grambling City Park Pond – Grambling, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 3/17/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

Zemurray Park – Hammond, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 3/17/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Girard Park – Lafayette, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Turner’s Pond – Minden, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – Ragley, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

Elmore D. Mayfield Park – Ruston, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

William T. Polk City Park Pond – Vidalia, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 12/11/18
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

Sidney Hutchinson Park – Walker, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 12/11/18
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Kiroli Park – West Monroe, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/14/20
  • Directions

Southside Regional Park/Fabacher Field – Youngsville, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions

Joe Brown Park – New Orleans, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 3/17/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions 

I-10 Park – Jennings, LA

  • Channel catfish stocked on 5/19/2020
  • Rainbow trout stocked on 1/21/20
  • Directions
 

 

What should I bring to fish at a community fishing pond? 

All anglers age 16 and over must have a valid Louisiana recreational fishing license to fish these community fishing ponds. You can purchase a license online or by visiting your nearest sporting goods or bait shop. Don’t forget to bring an ice chest because both rainbow trout and catfish make for great eating. Remember there is a daily limit on rainbow trout of five fish per person. 

 

Fishing Tips

You’ll have luck fishing for channel catfish along the bottom of the pond with many different types of bait. Channel catfish particularly like baits with a strong smell. We suggest fishing for rainbow trout with a light line and small hook. You might try a small spinner lure or rooster tail. Many people have luck with power bait as well. You can catch rainbow trout with both live and dead bait.

 

Check-In

Help stocking efforts at your community fishing sites by checking in after each visit. 

Volunteer with Us

Our dedicated volunteers help make Get Out and Fish! events possible. Volunteering with us provides an opportunity to share your passion for fishing and other outdoor activities with anglers of all ages and levels of experience. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email outreach@wlf.la.gov.

Sport Fish Restoration Program

Get Out and Fish! Is funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This program uses funding from taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat and small engine fuel to support projects that conserve, protect, and enhance fish and their habitats and the fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. LDWF uses Sport Fish Restoration funds for a number of projects including organizing community fishing events such as Get Out and Fish! to foster responsible, licensed anglers and develop opportunities for anglers to work as citizen scientists and participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources.