Parc Natchitoches pond stocked with rainbow trout

Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to the “Get Out and Fish” pond at Parc Natchitoches. The “Get Out and Fish” program is a statewide community fishing initiative.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked the pond at Parc Natchitoches on Jan. 14 with adult-size rainbow trout, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds, making a perfect stringer for dinner. Parc Natchitoches is one of 16 sites throughout the state.

Now is the only time of year the Get Out and Fish! sites will be stocked with rainbow trout, so do not miss this unique opportunity to land one. 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 the winter months, LDWF takes advantage to stock its ponds and lakes with this cold-water fish. LDWF encourages anglers to keep their catch at these sites 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 https://la-web.s3licensing.com/. By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management.

Get Out and Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. 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.

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